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    Use of apostrophe

    Hello everyone,
    I would like a teacher to identify my grammar. I am getting older, and have muddied the waters of use of apostrophe to 'claim possession '. (Also placement of period, in or out?
    My memory was that to show possession, a sentence would read
    'My sisters' dog ran away'
    Is that improper?
    Please explain in detail.
    Thank You,
    N

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    Re: Use of apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by KingsEnglish View Post
    Hello everyone,
    I would like a teacher to identify my grammar. I am getting older, and have muddied the waters of use of apostrophe to 'claim possession '. (Also placement of period, in or out?
    My memory was that to show possession, a sentence would read
    'My sisters' dog ran away'
    Is that improper?
    Please explain in detail.
    Thank You,
    N
    If you have two (or more) sisters and they collectively own a dog, your sentence is correct.
    If you have only one sister (or only one has a dog), "My sister's dog ran away" would be correct.

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