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    When do I use 's and 's

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    Re: Miss Hill

    's can be:

    1. An abbreviation for "is", as in: "He's playing."

    2. An abbreviation for "has", is in: "She's played."

    3. A possessive marker.

    The 3rd point is the trickiest, but here are the rules:

    If the noun does not end in -s, then you simply add 's:

    boy -> the boy's books
    girl -> the girl's shoes.

    If the noun ends in -s and it is plural, then you simpy add an apostrophe:

    boys -> the boys' books
    girls -> the girls' shoes

    If the noun ends in -s and is singular, then you have a choice. Different people have different ways of doing it.

    Some say you should use the apostrophe only:

    James -> James' books

    Others say you should add the s:

    James -> James's books

    You will find both.

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