More Apostrophe Situations

Here are more situations involving the use of the apostrophe. Review them,

and incorporate them into your writing.

  • Use an apostrophe in contractions (words that combine two words
    into one).

    had not = hadn’t were not = weren’t you would = you’d

    would not = wouldn’t I will = I’ll was not = wasn’t
  • Form the plural of a lowercase letter by placing an ’s after the letter.

    There are three a’s in that word.
    Mind your p’s and q’s.

    You do not have to add an apostrophe to form the plural of capitalized
    letters, numbers, or symbols.

    We counted three Ts in that paragraph. (capitalized letters)
    How many 8s (or eights) are in that column? (numbers)
    Earl loves to use $s (or dollar signs) in his writing. (symbols)

  • Use an apostrophe to show where the letter(s) is left out in a word
    or number.

    The Class of ’18 = The Class of 2018
    Let’s = Let us
    Gregory’s = Gregory is or Gregory has

  • Use an apostrophe to form the plural of an abbreviation that ends with
    a period.

    B.A.’s (or BAs) = Bachelors of Arts
    M.A.’s (or MAs) = Masters of Arts
    PhD.’s (or PhDs) = Doctors of Philosophy
    P.A.’s (or PAs) = Physicians Assistants

  • Use an apostrophe to form the plural of an abbreviation that is
    not followed by a period. It is also acceptable to write the plural
    without the period.

    How many CD’s (or CDs) do you own?
    How many different LSAT’s (or LSATs) has Bertha taken?