How to Use Apostrophes (Infographic)

As I passed a billboard this week, telling me the “do’s and dont’s” of something or other–I can’t even recall what the billboard was about because I was so distracted by the error–I was reminded how frequently we see apostrophe errors in all kinds of professional settings. (By the way, the billboard should have read, “dos and don’ts.”)

Last December, I posted about how apostrophes  are misused on Christmas cards all the time. But I also see apostrophe problems on fruit stand signs, window paintings, and even engraved wayfinding signs in buildings.

In professional settings, punctuation errors can be a cause for embarrassment. And, it seems, apostrophes are one of the more frequently misused marks. If you find yourself struggling with apostrophes, try following this handy little flowchart that maps out how you should (and should not) use apostrophes.




5 thoughts on “How to Use Apostrophes (Infographic)

  • May 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    This is a great infographic, although when made larger, it is quite difficult to read. That being said, I will be sharing this with my teammates. Thanks so much!

  • May 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    This would make a great edugraphic. Any way to purchase this and other items you put in your blog but don’t offer for sale? Or am I missing them in your store?

  • May 18, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Thank you. That was very informative.

    BTW, there’s minor typo in the last line of the first paragraph of the second box from top right.

  • August 27, 2016 at 10:47 am

    There’s another typo in the last line in the fourth box from top right.

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