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That dingly dangly thing

Apostrophes (part 1 😉 )

Where to begin with that teeny, tiny, little dangly punctuation mark?

They have two main uses:

✅ To indicate that something is missing

✅ To indicate possession

I’ll use the example given by a friend earlier this week:

It can be the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit. 😂

So, what’s the little apostrophe doing to change the meaning of that sentence? Well, in this case it’s working very hard to indicate that something is missing:

you are shit = you[a]re shit = you’re shit. 💩

More:

I have eaten a carrot = I[ha]ve eaten a carrot = I’ve eaten a carrot 🥕

We will dance all night = we[wi]ll dance all night = we’ll dance all night 💃

He is utterly amazing = he[i]s utterly amazing = he’s utterly amazing 😎

She will make you smile = she[wi]ll make you smile = she’ll make you smile 😁

They can also be used at the start of a word to indicate that something is missing:

The 1970s = the ‘70s

Or in the middle:

He’s a ne’er do well

But this use is only really used in poetry, songs and in colloquialisms and local dialect, such as where I’m from:

She ha’n’t brought ‘er car = she hasn’t brought her car (phonetically it’s: ‘she ant brought er car’ 🤣)

Getting apostrophes wrong can completely change what you want to say. I know how they should be used.

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