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    Interesting. Terrific was new to me!

    I really want to know how to use 's properly

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    Peter's
    Peters
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    Would NOT have a clue which to use when.

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    Wow. Not sure I will use terrific again. Thank you for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    Interesting. Terrific was new to me!

    I really want to know how to use 's properly

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    Peter's
    Peters
    Peters'

    Would NOT have a clue which to use when.
    The first means something belongs to Peter.
    Second; more than one Peter.
    Third; belongs to the collective (more than one) of Peters.

    That is what I believe the rule to be, feel free to correct me if I am wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    Interesting. Terrific was new to me!

    I really want to know how to use 's properly

    eg.

    Peter's
    Peters
    Peters'

    Would NOT have a clue which to use when.
    Have a look at this one
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe

    My explanation would be that an apostrophe is used to show possession, or that something has been abbreviated.


    Essentially a possessive apostrophe comes after the thing doing the possessing...
    so
    child's toy - belongs to a child
    children's toy - belongs to children
    dog's toy - belongs to a dog
    dogs' toy - belongs to multiple dogs

    The exception here is its. No apostrophe with possessive its (eg. the dog lost its toy).

    In an abbreviation, the apostrophe goes in place of the letter/letters missing, so...
    can't, won't, it's etc.
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