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Apostrophes 1

Video (from Youtube): Apostrophe Catastrophe (English Lesson). (Watching time: 5m14secs) by Pls English Users. (opens in new tab)

Instructions: Hover or tap the questions below to see the reason for the answers given in the quiz.

1."One is now obliged to take _____ own royal corgis out for a walk."
Is it one's or ones?

One's ✔
Why: In this sentence 'one' is a noun, not a possessive adjective. The apostrophe is needed because we are discussing the "royal corgis belonging to one". Consider it the equivalent of a name, like Elizabeth. ("Elizabeth is obliged to walk Elizabeth's own royal corgis"). This grammar is now uncommon and rather formal.

2. The fields echoed to the sound of the... Is it childs laughter, childrens laughter or children's laughter?

children's laughter ✔
Why: Children is the plural of child (strange but true). Therefore the possessive of children is children's. There is no such word as childs, but if you would like to talk about something that belongs to the/a child, you add the apostrophe ~s, child's.

3. Oliver _______ head was stuck on a spike on Tower Bridge. Is it Cromwells, Cromwell's or Cromwells'?

Cromwell's ✔
Why: The apostrophe should appear after the person's name, before the ~s. We need an apostrophe + ~s here to show that the head belonged to Oliver Cromwell.

4. John agrees that these are truly his ... Is it beliefs or belief's?

beliefs ✔
Why: "Beliefs" do not own anything so it should not have an apostrophe. You could correctly use belief or beliefs in this sentence.