NAME___________________                                                Apostrophe Practice

Directions →

  1. For exercise one, rewrite each sentence to use the possession apostrophe.
  2. For exercise two, add apostrophes wherever needed.
  3. After you have edited each sentence and know how you would explain your editing choices, scroll down to the second page to see the answer key and check yourself!

Exercise 1: Change these phrases into possessives with an apostrophe.

1. the marks of the instructor = ___________________________________________

2. a dorm of the students = ______________________________________________

3. the car of my cousins =  _______________________________________________

4. the papers of the student = ______________________________________________

5. the party of the friends =______________________________________________

Exercise 2: Add possession and omission apostrophes as needed. *Don’t let possessive pronouns trip you up!

1. The fox had its right foreleg caught securely in the traps jaws.

2. Our neighbors car is an old Chrysler, and its just about to fall apart.

3. In three weeks time well have to begin school again.

4. Didnt you hear that theyre leaving tomorrow?

5. Whenever I think of the stories I read as a child, I remember Cinderellas glass slipper and Snow Whites wicked stepmother.

6. We claimed the picnic table was ours, but the Smiths children looked so disappointed that we found another spot.

7. Its important that the kitten learns to find its way home.

8. She did not hear her childrens cries.

9. Its such a beautiful day that Ive decided to take a nap in the park.

10. Little girls clothing is on the first floor, and the mens department is on the second.

ANSWER KEY BELOW

Exercise 1: Change these phrases into possessives with an apostrophe.

1. the marks of the instructor = the instructor’s marks marks belong to ONE instructor

2. a dorm of the students = a students’ dorm a dorm that is where multiple students live

3. the car of my cousins =  my cousins’ car car belongs to more than one cousin

4. the papers of the student = that student’s papers papers belonging to ONE student

5. the party of our friends = our friends’ party the party thrown by multiple friends

Exercise 2: Add apostrophes wherever needed. *Don’t let possessive pronouns trip you up!

1. The fox had its right foreleg caught securely in the traps jaws.

        The jaws of the trap (possession)  

*its = possessive pronoun which does not need an apostrophe

2. Our neighbors car is an old Chrysler, and its just about to fall apart.

        The car belonging to the neighbor (*neighbors’ is also okay = multiple neighbors own the car) (poss.)

        It is = it’s (omission)

3. In three weeks time, well have to begin school again.

        The amount of time in three weeks (possession)

        We will = we’ll (omission)

4. Didnt you hear that theyre leaving tomorrow?

        Did not = didn’t  (omission)

        They are = they’re (omission)

5. Whenever I think of the stories I read as a child, I remember Cinderellas glass slipper and Snow Whites wicked stepmother.

        The glass slipper belonging to Cinderella (possession)

        The wicked stepmother of Snow White (possession)

6. We claimed the picnic table was ours, but the Smiths children looked so disappointed that we found another spot.

        The children of the Smiths (Mr. and Mrs. Smith = the Smiths) (possession)

*ours  = possessive pronoun which does not need an apostrophe

7. Its important that the kitten learns to find its way home.

        It is = it’s (omission)  

*its = possessive pronoun which does not need an apostrophe

8. She did not hear her childrens cries.

        The cries of the children (possession)

9. Its such a beautiful day that Ive decided to take a sun bath.

        It is = it’s  (omission)

        I have = I’ve (omission)

10. Little girls clothing is on the first floor, and the mens department is on the second.

The clothing for little girls (possession) & the department for men (possession)