Apostrophe Ultimate Test: Trivia Quiz

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In this English grammar quiz, we will focus on the use of the apostrophe. An apostrophe is a punctuation mark mostly used to show possession or that some parts of a word have been omitted, making the word short. Proper punctuation helps ensure the sentences meaning is not diluted; this quiz is designed to test out just how much you know about this punctuation mark and how to use it properly in a sentence. Give it a try!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Check ALL the situations you would add an 's when showing possession.

    • A.

      Singular form of a word

    • B.

      Plural form of a word not ending in s

    • C.

      Plural form of a word ending in s

    • D.

      First noun showing joint possession

    • E.

      Last noun showing joint possession

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Singular form of a word
    B. Plural form of a word not ending in s
    E. Last noun showing joint possession
    Explanation
    When showing possession, an apostrophe is added to the singular form of a word (e.g., the dog's bone), the plural form of a word not ending in 's' (e.g., the children's toys), and the last noun showing joint possession (e.g., John and Sarah's car).

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  • 2. 

    Choose the sentence punctuated correctly.

    • A.

      I went to the teacher's bathroom.

    • B.

      I went to the teachers' bathroom.

    • C.

      I went to the teachers bathroom.

    Correct Answer
    B. I went to the teachers' bathroom.
    Explanation
    The bathroom belongs to all the teachers. So you need the s to show plural, and then you add the apostrophe to show possession.

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  • 3. 

    Choose the sentence that is punctuated correctly.

    • A.

      I liked Jess's hat.

    • B.

      I liked Jess' hat.

    • C.

      I liked Jesss hat.

    Correct Answer
    A. I liked Jess's hat.
    Explanation
    Jess is singular, so even though it ends in s, you add 's to show possession.

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  • 4. 

    Choose the sentence that is punctuated correctly.

    • A.

      I like to play children's games.

    • B.

      I like to play children' games.

    • C.

      I like to play childrens games.

    Correct Answer
    A. I like to play children's games.
    Explanation
    Children are plural, but since it does not end in s, you need to add an 's to show possession.

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  • 5. 

    Choose the sentence that is punctuated correctly.

    • A.

      That is Sue's and Anne's car.

    • B.

      This is Sue and Anne's car.

    • C.

      That is Sues and Annes car.

    Correct Answer
    B. This is Sue and Anne's car.
    Explanation
    When two or more nouns own something, you just add possession to the LAST noun--not to both.

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  • 6. 

    Choose the sentence that is punctuated correctly.

    • A.

      All the student's papers were hard to grade.

    • B.

      All the students' papers were hard to grade.

    • C.

      All the students papers were hard to grade.

    Correct Answer
    B. All the students' papers were hard to grade.
    Explanation
    There is more than one student paper, so I need the s at the end of the word student to show plural, and then the apostrophe after wards to show possession.

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  • 7. 

    Choose the sentence that is punctuated correctly.

    • A.

      I like Mercedes's jacket.

    • B.

      I like Mercedes' jacket.

    • C.

      I like Mercedes jacket.

    Correct Answer
    A. I like Mercedes's jacket.
    Explanation
    Mercedes is singular (one person), so I need to add 's to show possession.

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  • 8. 

    Choose the sentence that is punctuated correctly.

    • A.

      The computers's work well.

    • B.

      The computers' work well.

    • C.

      The computers work well.

    Correct Answer
    C. The computers work well.
    Explanation
    The computers are not owning anything, so you do not need an apostrophe to show possession.

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