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Apostrophe

The apostrophe (' or ’) character is a punctuation mark, and sometimes a diacritical mark, in languages that use the Latin alphabet and some other alphabets.

In English it is used for several purposes:

  • The marking of the omission of one or more letters (as in the contraction) of do not to don't.
  • The marking of possessive case of nouns (as in the eagle's feathers, or in one month's time).
  • The marking of plurals of individual characters (e.g. p's and q's).

The apostrophe looks the same as a closing single quotation mark in many fonts, although they have different meanings, and Unicode recommends using the quotation mark character to represent most uses of the apostrophe.

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See also

Colon

Comma

Dash and hyphen

Ellipsis

Exclamation mark

Period

Question mark

Quotation mark

Semicolon

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