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    basic punctuation - apostrophe?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dave_c, Oct 18, 2010.

    i know im going to come across as a complete idiot but...

    where the hell does the apostrophe go? i know this is basic but its just something i never learned and Google is giving me a verity of conflicting answers
     
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    It is used when two words are combined and replaces the missing letter such as: would not which can be written as wouldn't. It is also used when referring to ownership of something: Mike's car. There are also different rules when the noun ends with an 's' and you can add another 's' with an apostrophe in between the two: James's car. However I prefer to use: James' car (but I may be old fashioned).

    I would strongly recommend getting a copy of The Elements of Style by Strunk & White, which you can pick up quite cheaply new or used.
     
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    Yes, a copy of Strunk & White never hurt anyone.
     
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    Google is unlikely giving you conflicting answers, rather different ones as it has different uses. You might find my old post useful: http://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?t=6265&highlight=apostrophe

    I do now however concede the point I was discussing with maia at the bottom of the thread.
     
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    sorry to bump an old thread but is Strunk & White American English or British English?
     

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