Apostrophes Exercise (445)

In each of the sentences below, determine whether the missing word requires an apostrophe and, if so, where it belongs.

  • She earned a ________ degree in anthropology.

  • The tracker noticed several sets of ______ hoof prints in the mud.

  • He was among the ________ chosen to carry out the mission.

  • I passed by the ______ house the other day.

  • The _________ section of the store is on the third floor.

Answers and Explanations

1. She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.

The degree is for a bachelor, so the form is singular possessive.

2. The tracker noticed several sets of horses’ hoof prints in the mud.

The hoof prints of several horses were noticed, so the form is plural possessive.

3. He was among the soldiers chosen to carry out the mission.

The reference is to more than one soldier, but no possession is involved, so the form is plural.

4. I passed by the Smiths’ house the other day.

The house belongs to the Smiths, so the form is plural possessive.

5. The children’s section of the store is on the third floor.

The section of the store is for children, which is a plural term, so the form is possessive.

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