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Apostrophe mark - English Language Punctuation - class-IX

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The babies crying disturbed their parents during their meditation class.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. The baby's crying disturbed their parents during their meditation class.

  3. The babies' crying disturbed their parents during their meditation class.

  4. The babies crying disturbed their parent's during their meditation class.


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
Regular nouns are nouns that form their plurals by adding either the letter s or es (in the given sentence - babies). According to general rule, an apostrophe after the s is used to indicate the plural possession of such regular nouns.
However, no punctuation is required to make a regular noun plural (here, parents).
Thus, according to rules, the correct answer is Option C. The remaining options are incorrect.

Choose the option that best corrects the given sentence:
The ladies tennis clubs latest newsletter has news of their members latest achievements.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. The lady's tennis clubs latest newsletter has news of their member's latest achievements.

  3. The ladies tennis club's latest newsletter has news of their members latest achievements.

  4. The ladies' tennis club's latest newsletter has news of their members' latest achievements.


Correct Option: D
Explanation:
Regular nouns are nouns that form their plurals by adding either the letter s or es (in the given sentence - ladies, members). According to general rule, an apostrophe after the s is used to indicate the plural possession of such regular nouns.
However, the possession of singular nouns require an apostrophe followed by s.
Thus, according to rules, the correct answer is Option C. The remaining options are incorrect.

The teachers attendance book recorded teachers attendance through the years classes.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. The teacher's attendance book recorded teacher's attendance through the year's classes.

  3. The teachers' attendance book recorded teachers' attendance through the years classes.

  4. The teachers' attendance book recorded teachers' attendance through the year's classes.


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

Regular nouns are nouns that form their plurals by adding either the letter s or es (in the given sentence - teachers). According to general rule, an apostrophe after the s is used to indicate the plural possession of such regular nouns.
However, the possession of singular nouns require an apostrophe followed by s (here, year).
Thus, according to rules, the correct answer is Option D. The remaining options are incorrect.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence:

The bus's wheel would not turn and the passengers fears rose as they sped along a curving road. 

  1. The bus's wheel would not turn and the passengers' fears rose as they sped along a curving road.

  2. The bus' wheel would not turn and the passengers' fears rose as they sped along a curving road.

  3. The bus's wheel would not turn and the passenger's fears rose as they sped along a curving road.

  4. No Change 


Correct Option: A
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of common nouns ending in s is written using a apostrophe followed by s (here, bus). However, to show plural possession of regular nouns, an apostrophe after the s of the plural noun must be used (here, passengers).
Thus, according to the rules, the correct answer is Option A. The remaining answers are incorrect.

In the 1920s, women, often called flappers, wore knee-length dresses and cut their hair in a short bob.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. In the 1920's, women, often called flappers wore knee-length dresse's and cut their hair in a short bob.

  2. In the 1920s, women, often called flapper's, wore knee-length dress's and cut their hair in a short bob.

  3. In the 1920's, women, often called flappers', wore knee-length dresses and cut their hair in a short bob.

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: D
Explanation:
According to general rule, the plurals of nouns, abbreviations, or dates made up of numbers use only a 's' or 'es', if the noun in question forms it's plural with -es and no apostrophe. Therefore, in the given sentence, the plural of 1920 should be written as '1920s'. Similarly, the plural of the words flapper and dress should be flappers and dresses respectively.
Thus, according to the rules, the correct answer is Option D, no change. The other remaining options are incorrect.

The jazz age of the 1920s was filled with great bands such as Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Bix Beiderbecke's The Wolverines.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. The jazz age of the 1920's was filled with great bands such as Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Bix Beiderbecke's The Wolverines.

  3. The jazz age of the 1920s was filled with great bands such as Louis Armstrongs Hot Five and Bix Beiderbeckes The Wolverines.

  4. The jazz age of the 1920s was filled with great bands such as Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Bix Beiderbeckes The Wolverines.


Correct Option: A,B

The 60s saw feminist books like Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique released to much acclaim.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. The 60s saw feminist books like Betty Friedans The Feminine Mystique released to much acclaim.

  3. The 60's saw feminist books like Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique released to much acclaim.

  4. The 60's saw feminist books like Betty Friedans' The Feminine Mystique released to much acclaim.


Correct Option: A,C

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence:
There are two new lady MPs in Johnsons party at Parliament.

  1. There are two new lady MP's in Johnson's party at Parliament.

  2. There are two new lady MP's in Johnsons party at Parliament.

  3. There are two new lady MPs in Johnson's party at Parliament.

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun is formed by adding an apostrophe and s, whether the singular noun ends in s or not. Therefore, in the given sentence, the possessive of the word Johnson should be written as 'Johnson's'.
The possessive is seldom used to form a plural noun. Thus, the plural of MP  can be written as 'MP's'.
Therefore, according to the rule, the correct answer will be Option C.

Identify the sentence with the correct placement of apostrophes:

  1. The two boy's bags were lying at the river's edge.

  2. The two boys bag's were lying at the rivers' edge.

  3. The two boys' bags were lying at the river's edge.

  4. The two boys' bags' were lying at the rivers edge.


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun (here, 'river') is formed by adding an apostrophe (') and s. Therefore, the correct form of writing the possessive of river is 'river's'. Only and apostrophe is added for nouns that are plural and end with an s.Therefore the correct form of writing the possessive of boys is boys'.
Thus, by applying the rules of using apostrophe and eliminating the incorrect options, the correct answer must be Option C.

Fill in the blank with appropriate option:
___ given in the question

  1. It's

  2. Its

  3. There

  4. It


Correct Option: A

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
I can see the __________ bicycles.

  1. boys'

  2. boys

  3. boy

  4. of the boys


Correct Option: A
Explanation:
The given sentence describes the bicycle as belonging to the boys. According to general rule, the possessive of a plural noun, that ends in s, is shown using only an apostrophe. Thus, the correct answer is Option A. 
The other remaining options are incorrect .
Option B and D - The possessive of a plural noun has to be described using an apostrophe. 
Option C - The possessive of the noun is not defined here.

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
It was my ____________ watch.

  1. grandfathers

  2. of grandfather

  3. grandfather's

  4. grandfather


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
The given sentence describes the watch as belonging to the grandfather. According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun and names are shown using an apostrophe and s. Thus, the correct answer is Option C. 
The other remaining options are incorrect .
Option A  and B - The possessive of a singular noun has to be described using an apostrophe and s. 
Option D - The possessive of the noun is not defined here.

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
A: Whose house is that?
B: It's ________ .

  1. the Taylor

  2. the Taylors

  3. the Taylor's

  4. the Taylors'


Correct Option: D
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of a plural noun, that end in s, is shown using only an apostrophe. Thus, the correct answer is Option D. 
The other remaining options are incorrect .
Option A - The possessive of the noun is not defined here.
Option B and C - The possessive of a plural noun has to be described using an apostrophe. 

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
This is not my bicycle. It is my _____ bicycle.

  1. fathers

  2. father

  3. father'

  4. father's


Correct Option: D
Explanation:
The given sentence describes the bicycle as belonging to the father. According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun and names are shown using an apostrophe and s. Thus, the correct answer is Option D. 
The other remaining options are incorrect .
Option A  and C - The possessive of a singular noun has to be described using an apostrophe and s. 
Option B - The possessive of the noun is not defined here.

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
The policeman is holding the ________ right arm.

  1. robber

  2. robber's

  3. robbers

  4. robbers'


Correct Option: B
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun and names are shown using an apostrophe and s. Thus, the correct answer is Option B. 
The other remaining options are incorrect .
Option A - The possessive of the noun is not defined here.
Option C and D - The possessive of a singular noun has to be described using an apostrophe and s. 

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
Ann is ________ wife.

  1. John's

  2. John is

  3. John's is

  4. John


Correct Option: A
Explanation:
The given sentence describes Ann as John's wife. According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun and names are shown using an apostrophe and s. Thus, the correct answer is Option A. 
The other remaining options are incorrect .
Option B - The possessive of a noun is described using an apostrophe and s. Option C - It's with an apostrophe is an contraction of 'it is' or 'it has'.
Option D - The possessive of the noun is not defined here.

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
They are not my _________ books.

  1. Children's

  2. Childs

  3. Children'

  4. Children of


Correct Option: A
Explanation:
The given sentence talks about the books not belonging to the children. According to general rule, the possessive of a noun, that does not end in sis shown using an apostrophe  followed by s. Thus, the correct answer is Option A. 
The other remaining options are incorrect .
Option B - The possessive of the noun is not defined here.
Option C and D - The possessive of the noun has to be described using an apostrophe and s, and not only an apostrophe.

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
This is not just my computer. It is the ____________ computer.

  1. Students'

  2. Students's

  3. Students

  4. Student


Correct Option: A
Explanation:
The given sentence describes the computer as belonging to the student community. According to general rule, the possessive of a plural noun that ends in s, is shown using only an apostrophe. Thus, the correct answer is Option A. 
The other remaining options are incorrect .
Option B - The possessive of a plural noun is described using an apostrophe only.
Option C and D - The possessive of the noun is not defined here.

Her avaricious relatives assembled at the lawyer's office to hear the reading of Jemima's will.

Choose the option that indicates the error in the sentence.

  1. Avaricious

  2. Lawyer's

  3. The reading of

  4. Jemima's will

  5. No error


Correct Option: E
Explanation:
The general rule of using an apostrophe is that the possessive of a singular noun is formed by adding an apostrophe and s, whether the singular noun ends in s or not. In the given sentence, the noun is singular and so, an apostrophe and s should be added. 
Thus, according to the rules, the given sentence is correct. The correct option will be Option E.

The childrens baseball bats and balls had been left in their uncles patio.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. The children's baseball bats and balls had been left in their uncle's patio.

  2. The children's baseball bats and balls had been left in their uncles patio.

  3. The childrens baseball bat's and ball's had been left in their uncles patio.

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: A
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of singular nouns and plural nouns that do not end in s, use an apostrophe followed by s. However, the plural of nouns, like bat and ball, do not require an apostrophe. 
Thus, according to the rules, the correct answer will be Option A. The remaining options are incorrect.

The soldiers rifles were stacked in the army's storeroom prior to their departure.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. The soldier's rifles were stacked in the army's storeroom prior to their departure.

  2. The soldiers' rifles were stacked in the army's storeroom prior to their departure.

  3. The soldiers rifles were stacked in the armys storeroom prior to their departure.

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: B
Explanation:
Regular nouns are nouns that form their plurals by adding either the letter s or es (in the given sentence - soldier). According to general rule, an apostrophe after the s is used to indicate the plural possession of such regular nouns.
In order to indicate the possessive of a singular noun an apostrophe followed by s is used.
Thus, according to rules, the correct answer is Option B. The remaining options are incorrect.

Jenna was always careful to mind her Ps and Qs when her husbands mother visited her.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. Jenna was always careful to mind her P's and Q's when her husbands mother visited her.

  2. Jenna was always careful to mind her P's and Q's when her husband's mother visited her.

  3. Jenna was always careful to mind her Ps and Qs when her husbands' mother visited her.

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

The words 'mind one's P's and Q's' is an expression that means 'mind one's manners' or 'mind one's language'.
"P's and Q's" (or Ps and Qs) originally means 'pints and quarts'. These letters refer to plural words, and hence they are followed by apostrophes. However, many people leave out the apostrophe and let the 's' remain. But, it is preferred to keep the apostrophe '.
Option B: This option is correct because the apostrophes have been sufficiently placed, at "P's and Q's" and "husband's".  The apostrophe for husband denotes possession 'the mother of her husband'.
Option A is incorrect because the apostrophe ' after 'husbands' is missing.
Option C is incorrect because the apostrophe has been placed after 's'; it has changed 'husbands' to a plural noun, meaning that she has more than one husband. But, (even if that's the case), there's only one mother in question. Hence the sentence is ambiguous in meaning.
Option D is incorrect because the sentence requires change, at 'Ps and Qs' and 'husbands'.

Choose the option that best corrects the underlined word:
I wouldnt go near the wires, if I were you.

  1. would'nt

  2. wouldn't

  3. wouldnt'

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Apostrophe can be used to show that a letter or letter(s) is missing from a word. It can be used to omit the letter or letter(s).  In the given sentence, 'wouldnt' used is not correct. Here, apostrophe should be used to replace the letter 'o', and the two words (would and not) can be joined to make one word i.e wouldn't. Thus, option B is correct. 

This old typewriters keys do not produce Js clearly.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. This old typewriters keys do not produce J's clearly.

  2. This old typewriter's key's do not produce Js clearly.

  3. This old typewriter's keys do not produce J's clearly.

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun is formed by adding an apostrophe and s, whether the singular noun ends in s or not. Therefore, in the given sentence, the possessive of the word typewriter should be written as 'typewriter's'.
The possessive is seldom used to form a plural noun. Thus, the plural of key and J can be written as 'key's' and 'J's' respectively.
Therefore, according to the rule, the correct answer will be Option C.

The music we listened to at the Jones house was very popular in the 90s.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. The music we listened to at the Jones house was very popular in the 90's.

  2. The music we listened to at the Jones' house was very popular in the 90s.

  3. The music we listened to at the Jones's house was very popular in the 90's.

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
The general rule of using an apostrophe is that the possessive of a singular noun is formed by adding an apostrophe and s, whether the singular noun ends in a or not. In the given sentence, the noun is singular and so, an apostrophe and s should be added. 
An apostrophe is also sometimes used to pluralize a letter, sign or number. Therefore, in the given sentence, the plural of the year should be written as '90's'.
Thus, according to the rules, the correct answer is Option C and the other options are incorrect.

I can't see the mountains in the distance.

Choose the option that best corrects the underlined word.

  1. cant

  2. cant'

  3. ca'nt

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

Apostrophe can be used to show that a letter or letter(s) is missing from a word. It can be used to omit the letter or letter(s).  In the given sentence, apostrophe replaces the letters 'n' and 'o', and the two words (can and not) are joined to make one. Thus, the given sentence is grammatically correct. No change is required in it. Hence, D is the right option. 

Choose the option that best corrects the underlined word:
I dont like the Impressionist style of painting.

  1. do'nt

  2. dont'

  3. don't

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Apostrophe can be used to show that a letter or letter(s) is missing from a word. It can be used to omit the letter or letter(s).  In the given sentence, 'dont' used is not correct. Here, apostrophe should be used to replace the letter 'o', and the two words (do and not) can be joined to make one word i.e don't. Thus, option C is correct. 

He passed through his father's alma mater, St. Pauls College, and got straight As.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. He passed through his father's alma mater, St. Paul's College, and got straight As.

  3. He passed through his fathers alma mater, St Paul's College, and got straight As.

  4. He passed through his father's alma mater, St. Paul's College, and got straight A's.


Correct Option: D
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun is formed by adding an apostrophe and s, whether the singular noun ends in s or not. Therefore, in the given sentence, the possessive of the word father should be written as 'father's'.
The possessive is seldom used to form a plural noun. Thus, the plural of A can be written as 'A's'. 
Therefore, according to the rule, the correct answer will be Option D.

Choose the option that best corrects the underlined word:
Its a beautiful day!

  1. It's

  2. Its'

  3. Its -

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Apostrophe can be used to show that a letter or letter(s) is missing from a word. In the given sentence, apostrophe replaces the letter 'i', and the two words (It and Is) are joined to make one. Thus, option A is correct answer.

There's going to be justice for all.

Choose the option that best corrects the underlined word.

  1. Theres

  2. Theres'

  3. They're

  4. NO CHANGE


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

Apostrophe can be used to show that a letter or letter(s) is missing from a word. In the given sentence, apostrophe replaces the letter 'i', and the two words (There and Is) are joined to make one. Thus, the given sentence is grammatically correct. No change is required in it. Hence, D is the right option. 

Most contemporary computers language is binary which is written using only two symbols, 0s and 1s.

Choose the option that best corrects the sentence.

  1. NO CHANGE

  2. Most contemporary computers' language is binary which is written using only two symbols, 0's and 1's.

  3. Most contemporary computers' language is binary which is written using only two symbols, 0s and 1s.

  4. Most contemporary computer's language is binary which is written using only two symbols, 0's and 1's.


Correct Option: B
Explanation:
According to general rule, plurals of single numbers are shown using an apostrophe and with a plural noun that already ends in s, the possessive is shown by only using an apostrophe.
Thus, according to the rules, the correct answer will be Option B. The remaining answers are incorrect.

An incorrectly punctuated sentence is provided. Select the option that mentions the error:

New York's skyline has lost two of it's most famous buildings.

  1. New York is a proper noun and does not need an apostrophe.

  2. 'It's' should not have an apostrophe as it's possessive.

  3. The buildings belong to the skyline and need an apostrophe after the 's'.

  4. There should be an apostrophe before the 's' in buildings. 

  5. All the above


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Apostrophe is used to indicate belonging. 'Its' is used to indicate possessiveness. 'It's' is the abbreviation of 'It is'. Here, apostrophe is not needed with 'It' because 'Its' is used to indicate possession and not an abbreviation. Therefore, the correct option is: B) 'It's' should not have an apostrophe as it's possessive. 

Among the following sentences, only one has all the apostrophes correctly placed. Identify that correct sentence.

  1. The Roman's bridges and roads were vital for moving the troops' supplies.

  2. The Romans' bridges and roads were vital for moving the troops' supplies.

  3. The Romans' bridges and roads' were vital for moving the troop's supplies.

  4. The Romans bridge's and road's were vital for moving the troops supplies.


Correct Option: B
Explanation:
According to general rule, only an apostrophe is used for nouns that are singular but have a final word in plural and end with an s. 
Therefore, the correct form of writing the possessive of Romans will be Romans'.
Similarly, the possessive of a plural noun is formed by adding only an apostrophe when the noun ends in s. Therefore, the correct form of writing the possessive of troops will be troops'.
Thus, by applying the rules of using apostrophe and eliminating the incorrect options, the correct answer must be Option B.



Among the following sentences, only one has all the apostrophes correctly placed. Select that correct sentence.

  1. The two buildings doors' and windows' were damaged in the blast.

  2. The two buildings door's and window's were damaged in the blast.

  3. The two buildings' doors and windows were damaged in the blast.

  4. The two building's doors and windows were damaged in the blast.


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Apostrophe is used to indicate possession. Apostrophe is used before 's' with singular nouns and after 's' with plural nouns. Here, 'buildings' is a plural noun and doors and windows belong to the buildings. Therefore, the correct use of apostrophe is: C) The two buildings' doors and windows were damaged in the blast. 

Choose the option that has the apostrophes correctly placed in the sentence:

  1. The teams manager's attitude was affecting all the player's performance.

  2. The team's manager's attitude was affecting all the players' performance.

  3. The teams manager's attitude was affecting all the players' performance.

  4. The team's manager's attitude was affecting all the player's performance.


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

Apostrophe is used to indicate possession. Apostrophe is used before 's' with singular nouns and after 's' with plural nouns. Here, 'team' is a singular (collective) noun and 'manager' belongs to the team, therefore the proper use of apostrophe is 'team's manager'. Similarly, 'manager' is also singular and 'attitude' belongs to 'manager', therefore the proper usage of apostrophe will be manager's attitude. 'Players' is a plural noun and 'performance' is that of the players, therefore apostrophe will be used after the 's' in players and the punctuated form will be players' performance. Therefore, the correct option is: B) The team's manager's attitude was affecting all the players' performance.

Choose the options that use the apostrophe correctly to indicate possession:

  1. My wife's cooking is considered the best in the country.

  2. Greece has many beautiful island's.

  3. They own several splendid house's.

  4. The two boys' friendship has stood the test of time.


Correct Option: A,D
Explanation:

Apostrophe is used to indicate possession. Apostrophe is used before 's' with singular nouns and after 's' with plural nouns. 
Option A: 'Wife' is a singular noun and 'cooking' is that of the 'wife', therefore 'wife's cooking' is correctly punctuated. 
Option B: 'Island' is marked with apostrophe followed by 's', but there is nothing mentioned that belongs to the island, therefore the use of apostrophe is not appropriate here. 
Option C: 'House' is marked with apostrophe followed by 's' but there is nothing mentioned that belongs to the house, therefore the use of apostrophe is not appropriate here either. 
Option D: 'Boys' is a plural noun and 'friendship' belongs to the two boys. Therefore, apostrophe is used appropriately here, ie. boys' friendship. 

An incorrectly punctuated sentence is provided. Choose which of these options can correct it:
The building had lost all its window's and door's.

  1. 'Its' is a possessive form and needs an apostrophe.

  2. The 'doors and windows' are plural and need the apostrophe after the final 's'.

  3. The 'doors and windows' do not need an apostrophe.

  4. There should be an apostrophe followed by 's' after 'building'. 

  5. All the above


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Apostrophe is used to indicate belonging. Here, apostrophe is used with 'door' and 'window' but there is nothing mentioned which belongs to the doors and windows. Therefore, the correct option is: C) The 'doors' and 'windows' do not need an apostrophe. 

Identify the sentence that has been punctuated correctly. 

  1. Bristol's harbour is one of the countrys most beautiful.

  2. Bristols harbour is one of the country's most beautiful.

  3. Bristol's harbour is one of the country's most beautiful.

  4. Bristols' harbour is one of the countrys' most beautiful.


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
According to general rule, the possessive of a singular noun (here, 'country' and 'Bristol') is formed by adding an apostrophe (') and s. Only an apostrophe is used for nouns that are singular but have a final word in plural and end with an s. 
Thus, by applying the rules of using apostrophe and eliminating the incorrect options, the correct answer must be Option C.


Among the following sentences, only one has all the apostrophes correctly placed. Identify that correct sentence.

  1. It's owners made Ted, the cat's life very comfortable.

  2. It's owners' made Ted, the cats life very comfortable.

  3. Its owners made Ted, the cat's life very comfortable.

  4. Its owners made Ted, the cats' life very comfortable.


Correct Option: C
Explanation:
There is a difference between 'it's' and 'its'. 'Its' is the possessive form of it - meaning 'belonging to it' whereas, 'it's' is a shortened form of 'it is' or 'it has'.  Here we are talking about the cat's life as a possession, thus the usage of 'it's' will be incorrect. 
The second half of the sentence talks about only one cat, Ted. So, the usage of an apostrophe with the word cat is required.
Hence, Option C is the correct answer.
The other given Options do not fit the requirement of the sentence.

Select the correctly punctuated sentence.

  1. That tall man, Paul's grandad, is this month's winner.

  2. That tall man Paul's grandad is this month's winner.

  3. That tall man, Paul's grandad, is this months winner.

  4. That tall man, Pauls grandad, is this month's winner.


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

The Genitive case is a grammatical case for nouns and pronouns. It is used to show possession, but it can also show source of thing or characteristic of something. Unlike Possessive case, which is only related to ownership.

  Genitive case involves adding an apostrophe followed by "s" to the end of noun.

Correct answer: option (A)
Reason:
  • Apostrophe is in correct place. (Paul's grandad= grandad of Paul ; month's winner= winner of the month)
  • Punctuation (comma) is in correct place.

Option (B) (C) (D) are incorrect.
Reason:
For option (B) - Punctuation (comma) is absent at required position. (Between words: man and Paul's ; Between words: grandad and is)
For option (C) - Apostrophe is absent before s in 'months'
For option (D) - Apostrophe is absent before s in 'Pauls'

Final answer; That tall man, Paul's grandad, is this month's winner.

Select the correctly punctuated sentence.

  1. After stealing Tims car, the thief lost his way and ended up in the chief constable's garage.

  2. After stealing Tim's car the thief lost his way and ended up in the chief constable's garage.

  3. After stealing Tim's car, the thief lost his way and ended up in the chief constable's garage.

  4. After stealing Tim's car, the thief lost his' way and ended up in the chief constable's garage.


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

The Genitive case is a grammatical case for nouns and pronouns. It is used to show possession, but it can also show source of thing or characteristic of something. Unlike Possessive case, which is only related to ownership.

  Genitive case involves adding an apostrophe followed by "s" to the end of noun.

Correct answer: option (C)
Reason:
  • Apostrophe is in correct place. (Tim= Noun in genitive case ; car= Possession of noun 'Tim')
  • Punctuation (comma) is in correct place.
  • Apostrophe is in correct place. (chief constable= Noun in genitive case ; garage= Possession of noun 'chief constable')

Option (A) (B) (D) are incorrect.
Reason:
For option (A) - Apostrophe is absent before s in "Tims" and hence shows no possession. Thus invalid.
For option (B) - Punctuation (comma) is absent.
For option (D) - Apostrophe is in wrong place (his').

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
I _____ to the news on the radio when the phone _____ .

  1. listened / was ringing

  2. am listening / was ringing

  3. was listening / rang

  4. listen / is ringing


Correct Option: C

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
A: Did you buy _____ at the shops?
B: No, _____ . I didn't have any money.

  1. something / anything

  2. everything / something

  3. anything / nothing

  4. no one / anybody


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

The first sentence shows a genitive case is when we add apostrophe S (’s) to show possession, that something belongs to another or a type of relationship between things. In the second sentence, it is inferred that the person involved doesn't have any money. Therefore using logic we understand it's not possible for him to buy anything. Thus 'nothing' is the correct option that is the option C. Option B is ruled out as it is not possible for someone to buy something without possessing any money. Option A is ruled out as anything means at least one or more but the person  B  it is referred that he doesn't have any money. Similarly, Option D is discarded because it refers to one or more persons.

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
The ____ names are David and Samuel.

  1. man's

  2. men's

  3. men

  4. their


Correct Option: B
Explanation:

The men's names are David and Samuel .

Men is a noun which doesn't state any ownership hence it is not the correct option .
Men's is the correct option as the apostrophe is stating ownership . Men being a irregular plural noun form in order to have a plural possessive noun  we have added apostrophe s . That results in men's  which is the correct option.
Man's isn't the right option as it states possession of a singular noun but in the given sentence there are two nouns.
Their is a pronoun hence it cannot state any possession. So, it is not the correct option. 

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
A: Did you meet _____ at the party?
B: Yes, I met _____ who knows you!

  1. someone / anyone

  2. anything / nobody

  3. anybody / somebody

  4. everybody / nothing


Correct Option: C
Explanation:

Out of the four options, option C is correct. 'Anybody' is used to describe anyone. Other options are not fit per rules. Thus, C is the correct answer. 

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
But when I _____ up the phone, there was no one there.

  1. pick

  2. am picking

  3. picked

  4. was picking


Correct Option: C

Choose the right word/phrase that completes the sentence.
Dear Mr. Rao, thank you for your support. _______ Sincerely, Ritu Pandey.

  1. Your

  2. You're

  3. Your's

  4. Yours


Correct Option: D
Explanation:

Out of the four options, option D is correct. Possessive pronouns are those pronouns which show possession or ownership in a sentence. Apostrophe can be used to show that a letter or letter(s) is missing from a word. In the given sentence, apostrophe replaces the letter 'i', and the two words (Your and Is) are joined to make one. The given sentence shows possession. Thus, 'Yours' is the correct answer. 

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
I lost my glasses. I looked _____ , but I couldn't find them.

  1. anywhere

  2. everywhere

  3. somewhere

  4. everything


Correct Option: B

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
A: I don't want to talk to _____ .
B: And I want to talk to _____ either.

  1. anyone / no one

  2. somebody / everyone

  3. nobody / somebody

  4. everybody/anybody


Correct Option: C

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word.
They're not his ___________ mistakes.

  1. Friend's

  2. Friend

  3. Friends

  4. Friends's


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

The correct answer is Option A.

An apostrophe is used after a word when we wish to show that two words are related to each other. In the given sentence, FRIEND and MISTAKES are connected, hence the apostrophe will be added after the word FRIEND. It is put after the word and the sign is followed by an 's'.
Thus the correct answer is FRIEND'S.
The remaining options are incorrect because they are not grammatically correct to show the connection between two words.

The apostrophe (') is used to -

  1. Denote possession and other kind of relationship

  2. Introduce direct speech

  3. Join words and sentences

  4. Point out the reader's attention forward


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Apostrophe can be used to show that a letter or letter(s) is missing from a word. It is used to denote possession and other kind of relationship. Thus, option A is correct. 

An incorrectly punctuated sentence is provided. Select which of the options given is correct.

The two boy's rucksacks were found at the water's edge.

  1. There are two boys. The sentence should read "boys' rucksacks".

  2. The apostrophe in "water's edge" should be deleted.

  3. The rucksacks belong to the boys and need an apostrophe, "rucksack's".

  4. All of the Above


Correct Option: A
Explanation:

Apostrophe is used to indicate belonging. Apostrophe is used before 's' with singular nouns and after 's' with plural nouns. The given sentence mentions two boys, therefore the apostrophe is placed incorrectly. It should be placed after 's' in 'boys' to show that the rucksacks belong to both the boys. Therefore, the correct option is: A) There are two boys. The sentence should read "boys' rucksacks". 

Select the suitable option:
The daughter of Charles would be called ______. 

  1. Charles's daughter

  2. Charles' daughter

  3. Charles daughter's

  4. Charles daughters`


Correct Option: A,B
Explanation:

Apostrophe is used before 's' to indicate possession of singular subject. Apostrophe is used after 's' to indicate possession of plural subject that end in 's' (E.g., cats - cats'). Here, the subject 'Charles' is singular. However, there are two ways in which possession is indicated for nouns ending in 's': adding an apostrophe at the end alone and adding 's at the end of the noun. Therefore, the correct options are: Charles' daughter as well as Charles's daughter. You may think only one of them is right, however, both are acceptable in modern-day English, but the apostrophe after the 's' is more commonly used in case of plural nouns.

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