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' Apostrophe

For the uses of the apostrophe see the Starter Level.

One use of the apostrophe described there is in shortened forms of words (e.g. can't, don't). This is informal and casual and may not be appropriate in academic work. It may, however, be appropriate where you need to be informal or to create the effect of speech (e.g. in publicity material, in creative writing).

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