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Revise the Correct Use of the Apostrophe

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

'Revise the Correct Use of the Apostrophe' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

 Button with apostrophe on it
 

The apostrophe is used in two main ways.


The omission apostrophe
 
This usage shows that letters have been taken out of a word or phrase to shorten it. Omitting letters in this way is generally appropriate in informal writing or writing intended to be spoken aloud.

For example:
 
could not becomes couldn't
should have becomes should've
it has becomes it's   


The apostrophe always goes where the letters have been taken out. It is worth noting that, in some cases, words can be shortened in irregular ways but an apostrophe should still be inserted. For example, will not becomes won't.

 

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 or 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.

 

The owner took his dog for its walk.

Write out the following sentence in full, adding an apostrophe where necessary.


I walked down to Tanyas Hair Salon.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

Match up the longer phrases with their shortened forms.

Column A

Column B

I have
I'd
I would
weren't
were not
I've
have not
haven't

Write out the following sentence in full, adding an apostrophe where necessary.

 

On your right are the boys toilets.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

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

willn't

w'not

won't

wo'nt

Write out the whole sentence below, ensuring that all apostrophes have been used correctly.


 
Were going to Spain on holiday and Im going to borrow James camera.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

Choose the correct words from the list below to fill the gaps in the sentence.

 

We were playing with __________ ball and someone kicked it through Miss __________ window.

 

Choose as many as you think are correct.

Gregs'

Greg's

Jones's

Jones'

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

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

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

 

the dressing room for the actors

the actors dressing room

the actor's dressing room

the actors' dressing room

Choose the correct word  to fill in the gap in this sentence.


 
The baby beamed with delight at __________ new rattle.

its

it's

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.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

  • Question 1

Write out the following sentence in full, adding an apostrophe where necessary.


I walked down to Tanyas Hair Salon.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
I walked down to Tanya's Hair Salon.
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe should be placed before the ‘s’ as the Hair Salon belongs to one person 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.
  • Question 3

Write out the following sentence in full, adding an apostrophe where necessary.

 

On your right are the boys toilets.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
On your right are the boys' toilets.
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. An apostrophe is still necessary.
  • Question 5

Write out the whole sentence below, ensuring that all apostrophes have been used correctly.


 
Were going to Spain on holiday and Im going to borrow James camera.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
We're going to Spain on holiday and I'm going to borrow James's camera.
We're going to Spain on holiday and I'm going to borrow James' camera.
EDDIE SAYS
‘We are’ has been shortened to ‘we’re’ and ‘I am’ has been shortened to ‘I’m’. The name James ends in the letter ‘s’ already so an apostrophe and additional letter ‘s’ should be added. It is also acceptable to omit the second 's' and just write James'.
  • Question 6

Choose the correct words from the list below to fill the gaps in the sentence.

 

We were playing with __________ ball and someone kicked it through Miss __________ window.

 

Choose as many as you think are correct.

CORRECT ANSWER
Greg's
Jones's
Jones'
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 four is also correct.
  • Question 7

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

 

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

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
I didn't hear what the teacher said so I couldn't do the 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.
  • Question 8

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

 

the dressing room for the actors

CORRECT ANSWER
the actors' dressing room
EDDIE SAYS
The dressing room is not for just one actor (actors is plural), so the apostrophe is placed after the letter ‘s’ to demonstrate this.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word  to fill in the gap in this sentence.


 
The baby beamed with delight at __________ new rattle.

CORRECT ANSWER
its
EDDIE SAYS
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.

 

Remember to include all punctuation in your answer.

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 needs to be inserted where the letters have been missed out.
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