The Apostrophe





=80. Possessive Case

Use an apostrophe and an s to indicate the

possessive case singular, no matter whether the word ends in one or two

s's: as, Burns's house, Furness's hat.[51] Use the apostrophe and

s to indicate the possessive case plural when the plural does not end

in s: as, men's meeting, children's shoes. Use only the apostrophe

to indicate the possessive case plural when the plural ends in s: as,

boys' hats, ladies' outfitter. In names of corporations, cases of

joint authorship, etc., where two names are equally in the possessive

case, put the apostrophe, or the apostrophe and s, only after the name

nearest the thing possessed: as, Farmers and Merchants' bank, Allen

and Bowen's "Classical Mythology."



[51] Occasional exceptions to this general rule are found,

where euphony would be violated by the additional s:

as, Ulysses' son, Moses' staff.



=81. Possessive Pronouns

Do not use the apostrophe before the s in

possessive pronouns: as, its, hers, theirs.



=82. Contractions

Use an apostrophe in contracted words to indicate

the omission of letters: as, couldn't, he'll, you're.





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