Okay, here we go: the third weekly Grammar Wednesday. I’m devoting this week’s edition to the apostrophe.
One of my pet peeves (and yes, they are many and varied, I know) is the improper use of apostrophes. Case in point: in addition to teaching English at TCC, I also teach fitness classes at a local health club. An instructor who took a leave of absence has returned to work, and there are bright yellow signs posted everywhere around the club that proclaim:
Dennis is back!! Kickboxing on Wednesday’s at 7:00 p.m.!
It’s killing me. SO, here are the apostrophe rules. Ready?
Use an apostrophe to show posession:
Jen’s favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Story.
If you happen to see her in class, would you return Lisa’s book to her, please?
Wednesday’s child is full of woe.
Remember to use apostrophes when you’re making plural posessives, too:
The children’s room was a disaster after the sleep-over party.
Ties are located in the men’s department, which is to the right of the escalator.
The ladies’ locker room is closed for renovations and will reopen next Tuesday.
Use apostrophes to stand for the missing letters in a contraction:
You can drink that outdated milk, but you’ll be sorry later.
She’s going to the party, but he’s decided to stay home and watch the game.
I would’ve if I could’ve, but I couldn’t so I didn’t.
Please – don’t EVER use apostrophes for plurals, EVER!