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Revise the Correct Use of the Apostrophe

In this worksheet, students will revise the correct use of the apostrophe.

'Revise the Correct Use of the Apostrophe' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The possession apostrophe
 
An apostrophe can also be used to show that something belongs to or is connected with something else.

For example:
Sam's house
The dog's bone
The company's logo


 
The apostrophe is placed before the 's' when something is connected with one person (singular). However, if there were two dogs or more than one company (plural), the apostrophe would be placed after the 's'.

For example:
The dogs' bones
The companies' logos


 
For words which already end in the letter 's', it is technically correct to add an apostrophe and an extra 's'.

 

For example:

Jones's Bakery

Thomas's car.

 

It's and Its:
 
Be careful with these two words as they can be confusing when it comes to apostrophes.
 
It's is a shortened version of it is.
 
Its is a possessive pronoun and does not have an apostrophe. For example: The owner took his dog for its walk.

 

Now it's over to you!

Look at the sentence below, which word is missing an apostrophe? 

 

 

I walked down to Tanyas Hair Salon.

 

 

Match up the longer phrases with their shortened forms.

Column A

Column B

I have
I'd
I would
I've
Were not
weren't
Have not
Haven't

Look at the sentence below. Which word is missing an apostrophe? 

 

On your right are the boys toilets.

 

Column A

Column B

I have
I'd
I would
I've
Were not
weren't
Have not
Haven't

Choose the correct shortened version of the phrase ‘will not’.

Willn't

W'not

Won't

Wo'nt

In the sentence below, which word is missing an apostrophe?


 

Willn't

W'not

Won't

Wo'nt

Which sentence out of the two below is grammatically correct?

 

 

We were playing with Greg's ball and accidentally kicked it through Miss Jones' window.

We were playing with Greg's ball and accidentally kicked it through Miss Jone's window.

In the sentence below, which words contain apostrophe errors?

 

I didnt hear what the teacher said so I couldnt do the work.

I didnt hear what the teacher said so I couldnt do my work.

Tick the correct way of using an apostrophe to express the following sentence.

 

The dressing room for the actors.

The actors dressing room.

The actor's dressing room.

The actors' dressing room.

Rewrite the word in bold with the correct punctuation.


 
The baby beamed with delight at its new rattle.

Write out the whole of the following sentence in the box below, correcting any apostrophe errors.
 
 

Youre invited to my party if youd like to come.

 

 

  • Question 1

Look at the sentence below, which word is missing an apostrophe? 

 

 

I walked down to Tanyas Hair Salon.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe should be placed before the ‘s’ as the Hair Salon belongs to a woman named Tanya.
  • Question 2

Match up the longer phrases with their shortened forms.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

I have
I've
I would
I'd
Were not
weren't
Have not
Haven't
EDDIE SAYS
In these examples, the apostrophe is placed where the letters have been taken out. How did you get on?
  • Question 3

Look at the sentence below. Which word is missing an apostrophe? 

 

On your right are the boys toilets.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe should be placed after the ‘s’ in this case because the toilet does not belong to just one boy, it is plural.
  • Question 4

Choose the correct shortened version of the phrase ‘will not’.

CORRECT ANSWER
Won't
EDDIE SAYS
This is an irregular example of how a word needs to be shortened. However, an apostrophe is still necessary.
  • Question 5

In the sentence below, which word is missing an apostrophe?


 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
‘We are’ has been correctly shortened to ‘we’re’ and ‘I am’ has been correctly shortened to ‘I’m’. However, the name James ends in the letter ‘s’ already so an apostrophe and additional letter ‘s’ should be added. It is also preferable to omit the second 's' and just write James'. Phew, that was a challenge how did you find it?
  • Question 6

Which sentence out of the two below is grammatically correct?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
We were playing with Greg's ball and accidentally kicked it through Miss Jones' window.
EDDIE SAYS
The ball belongs to Greg so the apostrophe should be placed before the ‘s’. The window belongs to Miss Jones but her name ends in the letter ‘s’. The apostrophe should, therefore, be placed after the letter ‘s’ and then another 's' added. The second 's' can be omitted though, so option one is correct!
  • Question 7

In the sentence below, which words contain apostrophe errors?

 

I didnt hear what the teacher said so I couldnt do the work.

CORRECT ANSWER
I didnt hear what the teacher said so I couldnt do my work.
EDDIE SAYS
In this sentence, ‘did not’ has been shortened to ‘didn’t’ and ‘could not’ to ‘couldn’t’. Apostrophes need to be placed where the letters have been taken out. Is this becoming less daunting?
  • Question 8

Tick the correct way of using an apostrophe to express the following sentence.

 

The dressing room for the actors.

CORRECT ANSWER
The actors' dressing room.
EDDIE SAYS
The dressing room is not for just one actor it's for multiple! Therefore the apostrophe is placed after the letter ‘s’ to convey this.
  • Question 9

Rewrite the word in bold with the correct punctuation.


 
The baby beamed with delight at its new rattle.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did this question catch you out? When the word 'its' is used to indicate possession, an apostrophe is not used.
  • Question 10

Write out the whole of the following sentence in the box below, correcting any apostrophe errors.
 
 

Youre invited to my party if youd like to come.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
You're invited to my party if you'd like to come.
EDDIE SAYS
‘You’re’ is a shortened version of ‘you are’ and ‘you’d is a shortened version of ‘you would’. In these instances, an apostrophe needed to be inserted where the letters have been missed out. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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