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Use of apostrophes? Watch

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    I know that you can use it to miss out a letter (He's a cat, It's mine, etc)

    But when do you use it after the word? I was always taught that if you are talking about ownership, you use the apostrophe after the word (It was Tims' cat). But then one of my secondary school teachers told me you never use it after a word.

    So would it be "It was Tims' cat", "It was Tim's cat" or "It was Tims cat".

    I know how much some of you love grammar so please don't get too excited over this thread.

    Tim's cat.

    What bugs me even more is when people put "James's pen" rather than "James' pen"

    Basically if the actual word ends with an s, you use an apostrophe straight after.
    E.g. Ross' cat
    If it doesn't, you add an apostrophe and an s
    e.g. Tim's cat
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