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Using the apostrophe 1.

In each question, only one of the sentences has all the apostrophes correctly placed. Click next to the correct sentence.

1

a) Bristol's harbour is one of the countrys most beautiful.
b) Bristols harbour is one of the country's most beautiful.
c) Bristol's harbour is one of the country's most beautiful.
d) Bristols' harbour is one of the countrys' most beautiful.
Please select an answerYou have not found all the apostrophes.You have not found all the apostrophes.Well done. All the apostrophes are correct.Bristol and country are singular.
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2

a) The two boy's bags were lying at the river's edge.
b) The two boys bag's were lying at the rivers' edge.
c) The two boys' bags were lying at the river's edge.
d) The two boys' bags' were lying at the rivers edge.
Please select an answerThink about how many boys there are.Think about who the possessors are.Great. There are two boys and only one river.Think about which words need apostrophes here.
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3

a) My parent's flat is in one of the city's finest areas.
b) My parents' flat is in one of the citys finest areas'.
c) My parents' flat is in one of the citys' finest areas.
d) My parents' flat is in one of the city's finest areas.
Please select an answerThink about how many parents there are.Think about which words need apostrophes.Think about how many cities there are. Well done. Both apostrophes are correctly placed.
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4

a) The world's experts were quick to praise the two girls' courage.
b) The world's experts were quick to praise the two girl's courage.
c) The worlds expert's were quick to praise the two girls' courage.
d) The worlds' experts were quick to praise the two girls' courage.
Please select an answerWell done. Both apostrophes are correctly placed.Think about how many girls there are.Think about which words need apostrophes.Think about how many worlds there are.
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5

a) Steve's mothers house is right next to his only sister's flat.
b) Steves mother's house is right next to his only sister's flat.
c) Steve's mothers' house is right next to his only sisters' flat.
d) Steve's mother's house is right next to his only sister's flat.
Please select an answerYou need another apostrophe here. You need another apostrophe here. Think about how many mothers and sisters he has.Well done. Only one mother and only one sister.
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6

a) The two buildings doors' and windows' were damaged in the blast.
b) The two buildings door's and window's were damaged in the blast.
c) The two buildings' doors and windows were damaged in the blast.
d) The two building's doors and windows were damaged in the blast.
Please select an answerThink about which words need apostrophes in this sentence.Think about which words need apostrophes in this sentence.Well done. There are two buildings. Think about how many buildings there are.
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7

a) The cat's illness was making its paws sore.
b) The cat's illness was making it's paws sore.
c) The cats' illness was making its paws sore.
d) The cats' illness' was making its paws sore.
Please select an answerWell done. Think about which words need apostrophes in this sentence. Think about how many cats are involved here. Think about which words need apostrophes in this sentence.
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8

a) The teams manager's attitude was affecting all the player's performance.
b) The team's manager's attitude was affecting all the players' performance.
c) The teams manager's attitude was affecting all the players' performance.
d) The team's manager's attitude was affecting all the player's performance.
Please select an answerThink about which words need an apostrophe in this sentence.Well done. This was a very tricky sentence.Think about which words need an apostrophe in this sentence.Think about how many players there are.
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9

a) It's owners made Ted the cat's life very comfortable.
b) It's owners' made Ted the cats life very comfortable.
c) Its owners made Ted the cats' life very comfortable.
d) Its owners made Ted the cat's life very comfortable.
Please select an answerThink about which words need an apostrophe in this sentence. Think about which words need an apostrophe in this sentence. Think about how many cats there are in this sentence. Well done. Only one cat.
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10

a) The Roman's bridges and roads were vital for moving the troops' supplies.
b) The Romans' bridges and roads were vital for moving the troops' supplies.
c) The Romans' bridges and roads were vital for moving the troop's supplies.
d) The Romans bridge's and road's were vital for moving the troops supplies.
Please select an answerThink about how many Romans there are. Well done. Many Romans and many troops.Think about how many troops there are. Think about which words need apostrophes in this sentence.
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