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Know Your Apostrophes: Possession and Contraction

In this worksheet, students learn to differentiating between apostrophes used for contraction and those used for possession.

'Know Your Apostrophes: Possession and Contraction' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Year:  Year 2 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Appropriate Punctuation

Popular topics:   Punctuation worksheets, Writing worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

Understand Your Apostrophes: Possession and Contraction

Apostrophes have two main uses.

They can show possession, which means who something belongs to.

for example:

the dog's dinner

Here, the apostrophe shows that the dinner belongs to the dog.


They can also be used for contraction, which means missing out letters from a word.

for example:

The dog doesn't want to eat its dinner.

Here the apostrophe shows that the letter 'o' has been missed out. Doesn't is short for does not.


Want a bit more help with this before you begin? Why not watch this short video?

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