It doesnt take a lifetime to master english grammar and punctuation. Most newspapers and magazines drop theoxford comma in a simple series, apparently feeling its unnecessary. Apostrophes the blue book of grammar and punctuation. The blue book of grammar and punctuation by mark nichol no one writing handbook or grammar guide should suffice for careful writers, and though jane strauss the blue book of grammar and punctuation is less comprehensive than some other resources, its largeformat workbook approach provides a readerfriendly introduction to. She may have purchased it herself or received it as a gift, but it. The science projects effects were unforeseen and worldaltering. Care must be taken to place the apostrophe outside the word in question. Apostrophes quiz 2 the blue book of grammar and punctuation. Grammar series present students with a short excerpt from an ongoing story each day. Do not add an apostrophe just because a word ends in s. Grammar is that it teaches grammar within the context of a story. To use the apostrophe to show possession, follow these guidelines.
The blue book of grammar and punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to english. Placement with periods, commas, question marks, and semicolons. For each of the following, choose the correct sentence. A barber explains the difference between possessive singular barbers and possessive plural barbers. The blue book of grammar and punctuation 11th edition pages. Usually, a plural noun has an s at the end of the word referred to as a regular plural noun. For plural, proper nouns that are possessive, use an apostrophe after the s.
Apostrophes quiz 1 from the blue book of grammar and punctuation. When the owner is plural, the apostrophe dangles after the s like the severed ear in blue velvet. Apostrophes video grammar videos on usage jane straus. The apostrophe shows that a letter or letters have been omitted.
Andrews introduction to our grammar materials fix it. An easytouse guide with clear rules, realworld examples, and reproducible quizzes, 11th edition. It is used to show when one noun possesses another noun. A revised and updated new edition of the bestselling workbook and grammar guide. However, when writing the plural of a date, such as the 1940s, an apostrophe is not needed to represent the plural. The blue book of grammar and punctuation succeeds at a rare feat. Dec 04, 2015 at last, a book that tells you exactly where to stick your apostrophe david marsh simon griffins irreverent pocketsized guide to a tricky piece of punctuation is the perfect stocking filler. I went to the editorinchiefs house for dinner last night.
The blue book of grammar and punctuation institute for excellence. Apostrophes are not used for plural nouns for some reason i cant fathom, people want to put an apostrophe on words that normally end in a vowel when creating a plural. Use the apostrophe in writing contractions contractions are two or more words combined together with an apostrophe. All it takes is the blue book of grammar and punctuation. Grammar is a series of six books that teach grammar and other elements of language arts. A singular noun forms the possessive possessives show whose something is. You can now learn all about who and whom, affect and effect, subjects and verbs, adjectives and adverbs, commas, semicolons, quotation marks, and much more by just sitting back and enjoying these short, easytofollow videos on usage. Apostrophes are used to show where a letter or letters have been left off a word. Iew is a showcase partner for all ghc 2020 homeschool conventions. Satans cheerleaders have set fire to the auditorium. The blue book of grammar and punctuation, eleventh edition. In some instances, the use of an apostrophe is easy. The rest of the book consists of dozens of quizzes along with their answer keys. Website english grammar rules, capitalization, punctuation, whom, whomever, whoever, writing numbers, apostrophe, and the blue book of grammar.
The blue book of grammar and punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to english grammar, punctuation, and usage. Apostrophes are a lot easier for those who slow down and do what it takes to get them right. But most people would pronounce an added s in joness, so wed write it as we say it. While most of the rules regarding apostrophes are pretty straightforward, there are some situations related to apostrophes that seem to give a lot of people a lot of trouble. Hastings pen would not pronounce an added s, we would write mr. To indicate possession, an apostrophe needs to be placed before a possessive s in the singular case a dogs life and after a possessive s in the plural the dogs tails. A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words that omits certain letters or sounds.
Apostrophe meaning in the cambridge english dictionary. We have been so pleased with our grammar program from institute for excellence in writing iew. Nov 01, 2006 our rule 1a of apostrophes says, use the apostrophe to show possession. The blue book of grammar and punctuation 11th edition. Plurals, possessives, and apostrophes janes grammar nugget. Apostrophes book s cover the cover of the book is torn. Jul 04, 2011 apostrophes often show possession or ownership. When the last comma in a series comes before and or or after daughterinlaw in theabove example, it is known as the oxford comma. Oct 01, 2014 i want to go over how to use apostrophes to show possession in your writing. For example, the associated press ap stylebook is a guide specific for news media and journalists while the chicago manual of style cms is used by many book publishers and writers. Written without jargon for all of us who need simple answers to our everyday questions, this new, updated version has 50% more materialrules, exercises, tests, and answersand a new cover that is both sleek and durable. Mar 18, 2014 the blue book of grammar and punctuation, eleventh edition. Most quizzes particularly cover topics like pronouns, apostrophes. Handbooks on english grammar are too numerous, yet few are written with keeping in mind the usual problems of students.
Apostrophes showing possession with apostrophes basic. Jane straus, late author of the blue book of grammar and punctuation, has helped thousands of readers make sense of grammar. All the grammar, punctuation, and usage rules and examples on the website plus dozens of quizzes with answers. A pronouns a pronoun is a word that replaces a noun or a group of words used as a noun. Our rule 1a of apostrophes says, use the apostrophe to show possession. Among such rare grammar books is the one written by jane straus, named as the blue book of grammar and punctuation.
English rules the blue book of grammar and punctuation. Public and unpublished materials bluebook citation for legal materials. The nose tree book 1 takes bear 15 minutes to complete per day and she can do it independently. To mark a regular plural noun as possessive, you only need to add an apostrophe to the end. Apostrophes are used in time expressions eg 2 weeks holiday apostrophes are used in plurals of abbreviations, letters and numbers eg 3s and 4s remember. Apostrophes quiz 1 the blue book of grammar and punctuation. In a contraction, an apostrophe represents missing letters. Review the blue book of grammar and punctuation young.1391 575 279 1538 76 797 1264 176 876 234 726 672 704 824 430 1149 172 1055 999 1004 1116 637 1198 700 707 57 662 447 626 1292 158 614 419 146 189