Cours d'anglais gratuitsRecevoir 1 leçon gratuite chaque semaine // Créer un test
Connectez-vous !

Cliquez ici pour vous connecter
Nouveau compte
Des millions de comptes créés.

100% gratuit !
[Avantages]


Comme des milliers de personnes, recevez gratuitement chaque semaine une leçon d'anglais !



- Accueil
- Aide/Contact
- Accès rapides
- Lire cet extrait
- Livre d'or
- Nouveautés
- Plan du site
- Presse
- Recommander
- Signaler un bug
- Traduire cet extrait
- Webmasters
- Lien sur votre site



> Nos sites :
-Jeux gratuits
-Nos autres sites
   


Use/ apostrophe

Forum > English only || Bottom

[POST A NEW REPLY] [Subscribe to this topic]


Use/ apostrophe
Message from simone90 posted on 04-04-2018 at 18:24:11 (D | E | F)
Hello everyone!
Would like to have some tips on how to know when the apostrophe is necessary in English. According to what I've learned from English courses/materials, apostrophes are usually used to show possession. Although it may be tricky to me because these two expressions are translated exactly the same in Portuguese: cement efficiency and cement's efficiency
For exemple, now I am working on a scientific paper and I've got this sentence: the co-product efficiency was confirmed.
In this case, I should rather write co-product's efficiency?
Could anyone help me on that, please?
Thanks

-------------------
Edited by lucile83 on 04-04-2018 22:37


Re: Use/ apostrophe from gerondif, posted on 04-04-2018 at 19:06:27 (D | E)
Hello,
Normally, the genitive case applies when a human being is the owner:
The room of your sister becomes your sister's room.
The rooms of your sisters becomes your sisters' rooms.
's used to be used in expressions of :
duration: a two hours' film
distance: a twenty miles' run
price: twenty pounds' worth of food
date : today's paper

But you can also use a compound-noun :
a ten metres'yacht has a tendency to become a ten-metre-long yacht, where metre can't be put into the plural as it is adjectival.
I would prefer the co-product efficiency because product is not a human being.
I know that you might meet "the door's handle" and so on but still....



Re: Use/ apostrophe from simone90, posted on 04-04-2018 at 21:01:21 (D | E)
Thank you! It was really helpful! I appreciated it



Re: Use/ apostrophe from frank00scap, posted on 20-04-2018 at 00:51:00 (D | E)
Hello,
An apostrophe is also used when forming a contraction with verbs.
I am fine.
I'm fine.

We have arrived.
We've arrived.

The apostrophe indicates that letters are missing.
An apostrophe is also used in correctly written bad English, as in the dialog of a novel.
I came because you called.
I came 'cause you called: the "be" is missing when the character says 'cause.
But, be careful, because "cause" to mean "because" when you write in a chat is totally wrong. The word "cause" is a noun meaning "reason." For example, the cause of the war was a dispute over water rights.
To say 'cause in a conversation is also wrong...it is bad English... but is common slang. You can use it with your friends, but if you use it in a job interview, the interviewer will assume you really don't know English well enough for the job.

-------------------
Edited by lucile83 on 20-04-2018 07:35




[POST A NEW REPLY] [Subscribe to this topic]


Forum > English only


 


> INDISPENSABLES : TESTEZ VOTRE NIVEAU | GUIDE DE TRAVAIL | NOS MEILLEURES FICHES | Les fiches les plus populaires | Une leçon par email par semaine | Exercices | Aide/Contact

> INSEREZ UN PEU D'ANGLAIS DANS VOTRE VIE QUOTIDIENNE ! Rejoignez-nous gratuitement sur les réseaux :
Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | RSS | Linkedin | Email

> NOS AUTRES SITES GRATUITS : Cours de français | Cours de mathématiques | Cours d'espagnol | Cours d'italien | Cours d'allemand | Cours de néerlandais | Tests de culture générale | Cours de japonais | Rapidité au clavier | Cours de latin | Cours de provençal | Moteur de recherche sites éducatifs | Outils utiles | Bac d'anglais | Our sites in English

> INFORMATIONS : Copyright - En savoir plus, Aide, Contactez-nous [Conditions d'utilisation] [Conseils de sécurité] Reproductions et traductions interdites sur tout support (voir conditions) | Contenu des sites déposé chaque semaine chez un huissier de justice | Mentions légales / Vie privée | Cookies.
| Cours, leçons et exercices d'anglais 100% gratuits, hors abonnement internet auprès d'un fournisseur d'accès. | Livre d'or | Partager sur les réseaux |