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Revise Your Apostrophes: How to Use Them Correctly

In this worksheet, students revise and practise using the apostrophe correctly both for contraction and for possession.

'Revise Your Apostrophes: How to Use Them Correctly' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:   Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Many people get confused about apostrophes.



They are used for two main reasons: contraction and possession.


1) Contraction (sometimes called omission) is the term used when words are shortened by missing out letters.

for example:

can not / can't

I am / I'm

she is / she's


2) Possession means ownership and this is the area that a lot of people have trouble with.

The apostrophe comes before the 's' if there is only only one person involved.

the boy's toys

If there is more than one boy then the apostrophe comes after the 's'.

the boys' toys

Some plural nouns don't end in 's' so the apostrophe comes after the noun but before the 's'.

the children's toys


Many people put an apostrophe when they make a singular noun into a plural noun but this is not correct.

Cream tea's £3.50. (Incorrect)

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