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Apostrophes - Exercise 3

Directions: Follow directions for creating possessive in each part of the exercise.
Write your answers in the space provided under each item. When you have completed the exercise, click on "Check My Answers" and check your answers with those on the answer key.

Part I

Directions: Look at the sample items given below.
phrase of ownership possessive form
tracks of mice mice’s tracks
kind words of wise people wise people’s kind words

Following these examples, rewrite the below sentences on the given line.

1. hooves of two oxen

2. beady eyes of geese

3. trendy clothes of American children

4. uneven vote of the councilmen

5. whiskers of the mice

Part II

Directions: Place apostrophes where needed in the following sentences. CAUTION: A sentence may need more than one apostrophe. If a sentence needs no apostrophes, leave it blank.

1. Canadian geeses flight patterns are tracked from year to year.

2. Hopscotch is a childrens game rarely played by adults.

3. We are often warned to “Beware of wolves in sheeps clothing.”

4. Four oxen slowly lumbered across the fields, dragging the heavy plow behind them.

5. I hope to be alive when my childrens children are born.

6. The womens argument was that those two words should never have been introduced into the language.

7. Often geeses feathers are used to stuff pillows.

8. Womens fashions seem to change much more often than mens fashions do.

9. Mices teeth are quite sharp.

10. Over five hundred people attended the policewomens convention in Los Angeles.



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Margaret L. Benner
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English Department
Towson University

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