Use to shorten some words. Read more about contractions.

Do not use for decades - eg: 1980s not 1980’s.


Use apostrophes to show ownership:

  • Sarah’s coffee - the coffee belonging to Sarah
  • The Territory’s emblem - the emblem belonging to the Territory

Use the following format to show possession for words that end in ‘s’:

     ✔ Territorians' rights - the rights of all Territorians

     X Territorians's rights


Don't use an apostrophe to indicate a plural:

     ✔ All the departments were asked to rebrand their forms

     X  All the department’s were asked to rebrand their forms

The exception is to show the plural of lowercase letters:

      There are two m's in swimming

     X There are two ms in swimming

Last updated: 28 November 2017