The way I was edumicated…. Was……..
An apostrophe S indicates ownership.
“Diana’s playpen” is correct. The playpen belongs to Diana.
“little genius’s” is not correct. The “little genius” is what is being owned, not what is owning.
Plural is an S with no apostrophe.
“You have several apples” is correct.
“The apple’s core” is correct. The core in question is part of the apple. It owns it’s parts.
Notice I used “It owns it’s parts” The “parts” are the property of “it”
On the part of commas. They indicate a pause. That pause is to set off the part that follows. To cap off a thought that is contained in the sentence.
Or to make several items in a list stand out while read.
“I thought I would make it in time, but I won’t.”
“I thought I would make it in time”…. Short pause…”but I won’t”
I thought I would win the lottery, or make it rich in stocks, but I am still broke.
We bought rice, flower, some batteries, and a gallon of milk.
Without the pauses, a person would misunderstand part of the sentence. They would think you bought rice flour, some batteries, and milk. Rice flour is
not the same as rice and flour.
The way I put commas in my sentences is designed to guide the person reading the sentence on how to read it. It often totally changes the meaning of
Forgot to mention the other common use of the apostrophe.
It is used to merge words like “is” or “not” onto the end of another word.
“It is not working well”
You would half merge “It” and “is”
“It’s not working well.”
“That is not working well.”
“That’s not working well.”
“That can not end well.”
“That can’t end well.”
on and on.....
edit on 5-11-2012 by Mr Tranny because: (no reason given)