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Writing in the Academic Disciplines: Apostrophe, Colon, and Semi-Colon Errors

Instructions: Choose the appropriate option for each of the following sentences:

Question 1:


a) young girls’
b) young girls
c) young girl’s
d) young girls’s

Question 2:


a) Raymond Carver’s / blind man’ teaches
b) Raymond Carvers’ / blind man teaches
c) Raymond Carvers’s / blind man’s teaches
d) Raymond Carver’s / blind man teaches

Question 3:


a) Regan’s / Cohen’s
b) Regan / Cohen’s
c) Regan / Cohen
d) Regans’ / Cohens’

Question 4:


a) Steven Harpers’ apology / governments’ policies / it’s
b) Steven Harper’s apology / governments policy’s /its
c) Steven Harper’s apology / government’s policies / its
d) Steven Harpers apology / government’s policy / it is

Question 5:


a) :
b) ;
c) –
d) ,

Question 6:


a) :
b) ;
c) –
d) ,

Question 7:


a) teachers / ;
b) teacher’s / ,
c) teachers’ / :
d) teachers / ,

Question 8:


a) Watson / Crick
b) Watson’s / Crick’s
c) Watson’s / Crick
d) Watson / Crick’s

Question 9:


a) ;
b) :
c) ,
d) , however,

Question 10:


a) : / , / ,
b) ; / ; / ;
c) : / ; / ;
d) ; / , / ,