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  1. suzannah


    how do you know when to put the apostrphe before the s, after the s, or to just no put one?

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    Re: possession

    Apostrophes for possession work like this:
    The apostrophe immediately follows the word being made possessive, so:

    One girl owns a bicycle: It is the girl's bicycle. (It belongs to the girl.)

    Several girls own bicycles: They are the girls' bicycles. (They belong to the girls.)

    Two examples of 'just not putting one':

    A dog wags its tail. (The only time its has an apostrophe is when it's a contraction of it is.

    The bicycles are theirs. Their does not need an apostrophe for possession, because the word their is already possessive.

    I hope this is helpful,


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