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There are two basic uses of the apostrophe in English:
In contractions, we use an apostrophe to indicate that a letter is missing:
If something belongs to a person or thing, we use an apostrophe to show ownership:
We put the apostrophe after the letter s in a plural:
NB: With irregular plurals, we put the apostrophe before the letter s:
We very rarely use the apostrophe to show plurals and only under special circumstances:
Other than these circumstances, the apostrophe should not be used in plurals unless they are showing possession.