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    Proper use of apostrophe... Your child's sick

    Is it proper to say "your child's sick" and use an apostrophe to abbreviate "your child is sick".

    It seemed like it was...but then the more I looked at it, the more I questioned it...and I couldn't find a reference anywhere (other than it was a standard contraction so it should be appropriate).

    Would love an expert opinion.

    Thanks very much!

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    Stefanie Zucker

    Ps. I am a blogger who is trying to use proper English on her site :)

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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe... Your child's sick

    It works fine. You have a choice between is and 's there. Don't question it.

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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe... Your child's sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Sazucker View Post
    Is it proper to say "your child's sick" and use an apostrophe to abbreviate "your child is sick"?

    It seemed like it was, but then the more I looked at it, the more I questioned it, and I couldn't find a reference anywhere (other than it was a standard contraction so it should be appropriate).

    Would love an expert opinion.

    Thanks very much!

    Sincerely,
    Stefanie Zucker

    PS. I am a blogger who is trying to use proper English on her site.
    Welcome to the forum, Stefanie.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Feb-2017 at 00:44. Reason: Fixed typo

  4. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe... Your child's sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Sazucker View Post
    Ps. I am a blogger who is trying to use proper English on her site :)
    Blogs don't have to be formal, so the apostrophe is fine. It wouldn't work in an academic essay, but blogs are closer to spoken language and often read better when they reflect that.

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