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Let's Launch into Literacy!


This week students have been focussing on possessive apostrophes in class.


To indicate the possessive

  • This is Collin's book.
  • This book is Ivan's.
  • The dog's dinner looks disgusting.
  • Diana was the people's princess.
  •  tore up the men's shirts.
  • One should choose one's words carefully.
  • It is everyone's duty to protest.
  • It is no-one's responsibility.


Personal pronouns (words like I, you, he, she, it, we, they) indicate the possessive by becoming a whole new word. These new words are already possessive, so they don't need an apostrophe: my, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, its, our, ours, their, theirs. Note that none of them has an apostrophe.


  • The house is yours.
  • The dog broke its leg.
  • She said the book was hers.
  • They claimed it was theirs.
  • But really it was ours.


Check out this You Tube clip on apostrophes

How to Use Apostrophes