Can also be called apostrophe of contraction.

 

Many thanks to Serena Thompson for this week’s Literacy Focus.

Apostrophes for omission (show that letters are missin’)

Sometimes, writers try to show accent using apostrophes in this way:

Some people in Dorset, say wa’er.                                     The desert is ‘ot.

Do + not

they + are

Don’t be afraid of contractions in language; they’re just two words squeezed together

The apostrophe replaces the missing letter(s):

I am = I’m They would = They’d who is = who’s you + will = you’ll (pronouns + verbs)

is + not = isn’t can + not = can’t   (negation)

student + is

student + is

This student’s pleased, because they know how to use apostrophes.

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