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Apostrophe Catastrophe

I realize that there are more important things in the world to worry about than the misuse of the apostrophe, but still, it is aggravating. Why can’t people – highly intelligent people at that – use the apostrophe appropriately? Here are some helpful hints:

NO apostrophe is needed when the word is plural:

The boys in the band are crazy.

When showing possession for ONE boy, the apostrophe is before the “s”:

The boy’s band is crazy. (By himselfBefore)

When showing possession for many boys, the apostrophe is after the “s”:

The boys’ band is crazy. (Think of All the boys… After)

Simple, right?

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