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					   The
apostrophe
and its two jobs
An apostrophe is
a little mark that
looks like a high
    up comma
                ,
It has two different jobs
                Job 1
Sometimes when we are talking we do
not say every single sound in every single
word. We squash words together and
miss bits out so that we can say them
more quickly. This is called:


     Contraction
When we write a contracted word,
apostrophes show us where the
   missed out letters were.


 Imagine the letters getting
  crumpled up and turned
     into an apostrophe
do
      ,t
     no
can
       ,t
      no
he
     , ll
     wi
               Job 2
When we want to say that something
belongs to something or someone we
can add

             ,s
  This is an apostrophe of
       Possession
The food belonged to the pig.

It was the pig’s food.
The crocodile had scary teeth.

 The crocodile’s teeth
 were scary.
  BE CAREFUL!
  The car          The cars



The car’s tyres   The cars’ tyres
        DON’T
Just use an apostrophe every
time a word ends with s.

       Think – Does
    something belong to
       somebody?
     TRICKY ONE
            its or it’s
Only use an apostrophe when it’s is
short for it is. Try these.
    It’s a lovely day.
Does the cat know its name?

				
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