Flashcard 10 - Writing and Language Flashcard Set for the PSAT/NMSQT Exam


The correct answer is:

Apostrophes (’) can create contractions as well as indicate possession.


Examples of an apostrophe within a contraction: “I can’t eat that.” and “I won’t go home.”

Examples of apostrophes to indicate possession: “This is Martin’s table.” and “The ladies’ retreat is next weekend.”

An apostrophe is not used to form a plural, so be careful. If you are not sure whether to use one or not, ask yourself if the word is possessive or a contraction. If neither is true, leave off the apostrophe. For example, the plural of boy is boys, not boy’s.

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