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I was under the impression that the apostrophe was to take the place of missing letters. So why is correct to say "Donald's boat"?
Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM
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momtolittleg
by Platinum Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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Quoting butterflyblue19:

apostrophe s is singular,S apostophe is plural

Mary's car   The Smiths' house



To clarify: apostrophe s is singular possessive (the cat's toy)- s apostrophe is plural possessive (the cats' litter box, where there are multiple cats that use the box)
People will write things like, "I have two cat's" when they really mean two cats. No apostrophe needed.
Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jan. 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM
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This really helps, thank you!


Quoting momtolittleg:

Quoting butterflyblue19:

apostrophe s is singular,S apostophe is plural

Mary's car   The Smiths' house




To clarify: apostrophe s is singular possessive (the cat's toy)- s apostrophe is plural possessive (the cats' litter box, where there are multiple cats that use the box)

People will write things like, "I have two cat's" when they really mean two cats. No apostrophe needed.

Pnukey
by Jenn on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Donald's boat.

Quoting Anonymous:

How would that look?


Quoting Pnukey:

Apostrophes also show possession. The boat belongs to Donald, so the apostrophe is necessary.

The thing people usually do wrong is use an apostrophe to show plural, which usually only needs an s.



LeetjieJ
by Silver Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM
There we go! Exactly this.

Quoting Pnukey:

Apostrophes also show possession. The boat belongs to Donald, so the apostrophe is necessary.

The thing people usually do wrong is use an apostrophe to show plural, which usually only needs an s.

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