• Showing Possession; Also Gerunds and Infinitives

    Take the following quiz to see what you know about when and when not to use apostrophes. These pages are printable as a Word document here.)
     
     
    Possession and Contractions Pre-Assessment                   Name: ____________________________

     

    Add apostrophes where (if anywhere) they go.

     

    1.       Thats Mr. Dohertys shake weight. 

     

    2.       Those tomatoes and CDs are from the 1990s.

     

    3.       The puppets were hiding inside the womens SUVs all summer.

     

    4.       Excuse me, Doctor Schneibel, but is the childrens locker room still open? 

     

    5.       Ill bet you cant dance as good as me.

     

    6.       Whose house is this? Is it yours?

     

    7.       Circle the correct version:

     

    Shaka Nakka’s and Sleepy Labeef’s Dodge Caravan is full of chefs.

     

    Shaka Nakka and Sleepy Labeef’s Dodge Caravan is full of chefs.

     

    8.       Circle the correct version:

     

    Edgar and Evilyn’s toenails have never been cut.

     

    Edgar’s and Evilyn’s toenails have never been cut.

     

     


     

    Instruction: Possession and Contractions

     

    Add ’s to show possession. Do not add ’s for if there is nobody owning anything! (“Hundred’s of dollar’s” is wrong!) This includes plurals for names, years and abbreviations

     

    Correct: The Dohertys invented MP3s in the 1970s.

    Incorrect: The Doherty’s invented MP3’s in the 1970’s.

     

    However, some say it's fine to have an apostrophe for plurals of single letters or words that turn into a different word if you add an "s": (I got all A's and I's on my report card. Or: I got all As and Is on my report card.) 

     

    Do not add an apostrophe for possessive pronouns, which have possession built in (“it’s” only means “it is.” You wouldn’t write “her’s” would you?) 

     

    For plurals or words that end in s already, just add an ’ (Dr. Jones’ whip). (Note: some say that an extra ’s—“Dr. Jones’s whip”—is also correct.). For plurals that do not end in s, add an ’s (women’s). 

     

    For compound subjects, add an ’s to just the last one if they own the same thing (Greg and Alice’s wedding), but add an ’s to each if what own is different for each of them (Greg’s and Alice’s toes).

     

     

    Possession and Contractions Assessment

     

    1. Study the rules above and correct your answers on the pre-assessment.

    2. Write an anecdote (very short story) in which you demonstrate (without re-using any of the examples from the pre-assessment or instruction) that you can

    • pluralize an abbreviation without an apostrophe,
    • format both versions of “its” correctly,
    • show possession for a plural word that doesn’t end in s,
    • show possession shared by a compound subject, and
    • show possession separately owned by a compound subject.

     

     

     

     

    Gerunds and Infinitives

     

    Pre-assessment

     

    1. Define a "gerund":

    2. Define an "infinitive":

    3. Circle the gerunds and infinitives in the following paragraph:

    To communicate, sharing one's true self, is the highest aim of humankind. Speaking, writing, gesturing and using social media are just a few techniques that inviduals use to unite. Knowing one is unhappy, others rush to help. Knowing some are happy, others rush to join. If humanity is to function as a whole, to act with one will, then communicating by any means necessary is key. Nothing is more powerful than expressing oneself. 

     

     

    Instruction: Gerunds, Infinitives. 

    A gerund is an “-ing” verb used as a noun—as the subject or object of a sentence (ex: “Running is my hobby.” Or: “I like running.”) 

    An infinitive is the word “to” + the root of a verb (“to run.”) It can be used as a noun also. (ex: “To run is my hobby.” Or: “I like to run.”)

     

    Assessment

     

    1. Without looking at the material provided, define a "gerund":

    2. Without looking at the material provided, define an "infinitive":

    3. Circle the gerunds and infinitives in the following paragraph:

    To communicate, sharing one's true self, is the highest aim of humankind. Speaking, writing, gesturing and using social media are just a few techniques that inviduals use to unite. Knowing one is unhappy, others rush to help. Knowing some are happy, others rush to join. If humanity is to function as a whole, to act with one will, then communicating by any means necessary is key. 

    4. Write a short original paragraph with at least 4 gerunds and 4 infinitives, used as both subjects and objects in the sentence. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

Last Modified on August 11, 2017