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: 17 October 2017