Help me understand what is proper written use of the apostrophe?
when using 's, s, and s'.
I was taught
My dog's....= my dog is
My dogs..... = more than one dog
My dogs'....= something belongs to my dog.
It seems that modern spell check doesn't see it that way and those I have asked do not recognize a 'possessive' (s'). Is it old school???
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I just explained this to someone. Try searching before asking.
Use an apostrophe wherever a letter or letters are omitted from a word or words to make a contraction. Eg. I'm, don't.
Also use an apostrophe before an S when you are indicating something is possessed or owned by a noun. Eg. John's book, or the table's leg, or Wednesday's dinner.
If the noun already ends in S add an apostrophe after the S (but don't add a second S). Eg. Chris' book.
(This applies to plurals also, if pluralising a word adds an S then put the apostrophe for possession after the S. Eg. The Dogs' noses.)
DO NOT use an apostrophe to indicate possession by a pronoun. Eg. Its, hers, theirs.
(the most common mistake is when writing it's and its. SO be careful with that one. If it means it is, then it should have an apostrophe, otherwise it shouldn't)Source(s): Your examples should be My dog is = my dog's My dogs are = My dogs are My dog's nose = if you have one dog My dogs' noses = if you more than one dog