ACT English 3.3 Punctuation
ACT English Punctuation Drill 3, Problem 3. Where should we place the apostrophe to properly indicate possession?
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Punctuation||Colons, Hyphens, and Apostrophes|
than Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Real quick, let's review some of the ways apostrophes can be used.
Contractions. This one's been ingrained in us since we were kids.
Won't, isn't and I'm are all lazier ways to say Will not, Is not, and I am.
Next, we can use apostrophes to show possession. The purple unicorn's hat was stolen. The hat
is the unicorn's, so we put an apostrophe S after "unicorn."
If the clan of unicorns all lost their hats at the same time, there's another rule:
If something is the possession of a group, then you put the apostrophe after the S that
makes the noun plural. Okay, now let's go through our answer choices.
We'll never have a plural noun and THEN an apostrophe S, so the original sentence can't
be right. B doesn't tell us that there are multiple
friends in the equation based on the apostrophe.
If it was one friend's email, this would work, but we need the apostrophe after the S if
we are talking about a bunch of friends. Nothing about C is even close to right "friendses'"
is not a word. No matter how much fun it is to say.
We're left with D, which puts the apostrophe after the S, showing that the friends is plural.
We hope you remember this when it comes time to take your tests-es.