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Apostrophe

The apostrophe ( or ' ) character is a punctuation mark, and sometimes a diacritical mark, in languages that use the Latin alphabet and some other alphabets. In English it is used for several purposes:

  • The marking of the omission of one or more letters (as in the contraction of do not to don't).
  • The marking of possessive case (as in the eagle's feathers, or in one month's time).
  • The marking of plurals of individual characters (e.g. p's and q's, three a's, four i's, and two u's, Oakland A's).

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The world seems to have trouble with this little form of punctuation that can change words and meanings. Who do they call when people break the rules? The Apostrophe Vigilante! Here's the article. In my opinion, we need more people to correct the possessive non-possessives.

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