ACT English 3.5 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 3, Problem 5. Which choice properly indicates possession?
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Punctuation||Colons, Hyphens, and Apostrophes|
Alright, well... we're either dealing with some serious hyperbole here,
or we have a hundred-thousand-year-old bus on our hands.
How should bus be written?
That's a job for the apostrophe -- it expresses possession.
Wondering when to use it?
For most purposes, the two major ways we use apostrophes are to express possession
and to form a contraction. I am turns to I'm...
We are turns to we're...
Yeah...you get the idea.
Possession is shown by putting an apostrophe-S after the noun that is doing the possessing.
Say a cheap leprechaun has a pot of pyrite.
To express this, all you need to say is theleprechaun's pyrite.
What if it's a family of leprechauns?
Then it's multiple leprechauns' pyrite; you say it the same way, but when you write it,
you put the apostrophe after the S.
Because this problem is talking about possession -- the seats belong to the bus --
you need an apostrophe for sure.
So B and C get thrown out right away
We can also throw away A, because the bus isn't plural,
so the apostrophe S won't go after the S.
We're left with D -- which is the correct answer.
Bus seats. How germs get to school.