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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

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:  Punctuation Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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.

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

My friend's brother is having a party.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

He's staying for a week.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

That's not my bike.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

Emma gave me Tom's address.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

The boy's boots were too big.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

The dog's lead and collar were matching.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

We're going to New York next week.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

Katie's team won the match.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

This is Jane's book.

possession

contraction

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

They say it's going to rain tomorrow.

possession

contraction

  • Question 1

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

My friend's brother is having a party.

CORRECT ANSWER
possession
  • Question 2

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

He's staying for a week.

CORRECT ANSWER
contraction
  • Question 3

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

That's not my bike.

CORRECT ANSWER
contraction
  • Question 4

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

Emma gave me Tom's address.

CORRECT ANSWER
possession
  • Question 5

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

The boy's boots were too big.

CORRECT ANSWER
possession
  • Question 6

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

The dog's lead and collar were matching.

CORRECT ANSWER
possession
  • Question 7

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

We're going to New York next week.

CORRECT ANSWER
contraction
  • Question 8

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

Katie's team won the match.

CORRECT ANSWER
possession
  • Question 9

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

This is Jane's book.

CORRECT ANSWER
possession
  • Question 10

Read the following sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used to show possession (who something belongs to) or contraction (missing letters).

 

They say it's going to rain tomorrow.

CORRECT ANSWER
contraction
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