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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #30813: Genitive - the apostrophe
    > Other English exercises on the same topics: Grammar | General [Change theme]
    > Similar tests: - Possessive case - Possessive or genitive Case. - Possessive adjectives and pronouns. - Personal pronouns, possessives - Whose and use - Possessive idioms - Pronouns and Determiners - Possessive adjectives
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    Genitive - the apostrophe


     HOW TO USE THE APOSTROPHE

      

    I) POSSESSION:

    General rule: Tom 's dog

    - also with a proper noun:  James's hat
    - also with a compound noun:  my brother-in-law
    's bike 
    - also with a plural noun:  the children's toys  

    - BUT not with a plural noun ending in "s": my parents' house



    II) TO SHOW LETTERS HAVE BEEN OMITTED:
    - contractions: don't (do not)   /   it's (it is)   /   he'll (he will)

    - Rhythm 'n' Blues   (Rhythm  and Blues)

    - Toys 'r ' us             (Toys are us)

    - fo ''s' le                (fo 'c' sle / forecastle)

    - o'clock                     (of the clock)



    III)  LENGTHS, DISTANCES, YEARS:
    - a minute's silence  

    - ten days' training  

    - he took an hour's walk

    he took a  two kilometres' walk 

    - A week's delay could ruin the whole project

    - the 1960's  ou  60's  the sixties 

        The hundred years' war (1337-1453)



    IV) DAYS AND MONTHS:

    New Year's eve in Sydney

     

    January's gift (a 2008 calendar)

    Sunday's paper  /  yesterday's paper



    V) COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS, CITIES, PLACES:

    I've got an appointment at the dentist's.


    Italy's monuments:
      colosseum  leaning tower

      London's parks and gardens

     Africa's elephants 




    VI) FOR CATEGORIES: 

    - a woman's hat

    - a man's hat

    - a woman's job Jeannette Rankin 1880-1973 pacifist (USA) : 

    Peace is a woman's job - The vision of Jeannette Rankin through theater and film


    - a dog's life:
     





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