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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR APOSTROPHE

The apostrophe to the heroism of the soldiers is sickly and pale.

Bobinette did not seem to understand one word of this apostrophe.

And he added the apostrophe, "What a revolutionary torrent is the Loire!"

If the plural do not end in "s," an "s" is added, and the apostrophe is placed before it.

The apostrophe is used to indicate that some letter or letters of a word are left out.

The letter "s" is added, and the apostrophe is placed before it.

The apostrophe is used before the "s" of the plural when single letters are used as words.

The mark for the apostrophe; and also the marks for inverted commas.

Nouns in the plural ending in s take an apostrophe only to form the possessive.

The apostrophe is used to form the plural of letters and figures.

WORD ORIGIN

mark indicating omitted letter, 1580s, from Middle French apostrophe, from Late Latin apostrophus, from Greek apostrophos (prosoidia) "(the accent of) turning away," thus, a mark showing where a letter has been omitted, from apostrephein "avert, turn away," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + strephein "to turn" (see strophe).

In English, the mark often represents loss of -e- in -es, possessive ending. It was being extended to all possessives, whether they ever had an -e- or not, by 18c. Greek also used this word for a "turning aside" of an orator in speech to address some individual, a sense first recorded in English 1530s.

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