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Post by Matthew Zhang on July 4, 2017

If the quote is at the end of a sentence, do you have to put a period at the end of the sentence?
Is the following correct?

Matthew said "I like Mac and Cheese!".

or is it:

Matthew said "I like Mac and Cheese!"

without a period at the end.

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Last reply by: Soheil Pana
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:46 AM

Post by Peter Fraser on March 25, 2015

Just a quickie on this re @ ~10.30: Whether or not to use an s after the apostrophe to indicate possession also depends on whether the word that follows the apostrophised [anti-sic] word starts with an s sound.

E.g. 1) The Mercedes's engine is running smoothly.
E.g. 2) The Mercedes' sensors are not working.

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Post by Delores Sapp on February 17, 2014

When will you have the video issue resolved?

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:24 PM

Post by Tujiza Uwituze on January 26, 2014

If two people own the same items, can we write:
Marcy and Laura's cats

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:21 PM

Post by Eric Nshimiyimana on January 26, 2014

I wonder if apostrophes can be used in formal writing or academic writing.

Apostrophes & Quotation Marks

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  1. Intro
    • Lesson Overview
      • Quotation Marks
      • Rules for Quotation Marks
      • Apostrophes
      • Rules for Apostrophes
      • Quotation Mark Practice
        • Quotation Mark Practice Answers
          • Apostrophe Practice
            • Apostrophe Practice Answers
              • Intro 0:00
              • Lesson Overview 0:09
              • Quotation Marks 0:32
                • Quotation Marks Indicate that Someone is Speaking
                • Examples of Using Quotation Marks
              • Rules for Quotation Marks 1:23
                • When Quoting Within a Quote, Use Double Quotation Marks Outside and Single Quotation Marks Inside
                • British Commonwealth Reverse This Custom
                • Periods and Commas Go Inside Quotation Marks
                • Examples of Using Periods, Commas, and Single Quotation Marks in Double Quotation Marks
                • Place a Question Mark Inside or Outside of Quotation Marks
                • Use Only One Ending Punctuation Mark
                • Examples of Using Quotation Marks and Question Marks
                • When You Have a Question Inside and Outside Quoted Material, Put One Question Mark Inside the Quotation Marks
                • Set Off a Quotation With Comma(s)
                • Question Marks May be Used Only to Set Off a Direct Quotation
                • Examples of Commas, Quotation Marks, and Question Marks
                • Quoting Paragraphs
                • Quoting Spelling or Grammatical Errors with [sic]
              • Apostrophes 7:25
                • Apostrophes Take the Place of Missing Letters in Contractions and Form Possessives
                • Examples of Using Apostrophes
              • Rules for Apostrophes 8:14
                • Place an Apostrophe to Replace Missing Letters in Contractions
                • Double Contractions
                • Examples of Using Apostrophes in Contractions
                • Place an Apostrophe to Show Possession
                • Showing Possession when the Name Ends in 'S'
                • Examples of Using Apostrophes to Show Possession
                • Showing Plural Possession
                • Examples of Using Apostrophes to Show Plural Possession
                • Use Apostrophes where the Noun that should Follow is Implied
                • Examples of Using Apostrophes where the Noun that should Follow is Implied
                • Don't Use Apostrophes for the Plural of a Name
                • Examples of Not Using Apostrophes for the Plural of a Name
                • Singular Compound Nouns
                • Plural Compound Nouns
                • Two People Owning the Same Item vs. Two People Owning Different Items
                • Never Use an Apostrophe with a Possessive Pronoun
                • It's vs. Its
                • Examples of It's vs. Its
                • Don't Use Apostrophes for Plurals for Capital Letters and Numbers
                • Use Apostrophes with Capital Letters and Numbers when the Meaning would be Unclear Otherwise
                • Use Possessive Case in Front of a Gerund
                • Use the Possessive Form of Pronouns before Gerunds
              • Quotation Mark Practice 19:26
              • Quotation Mark Practice Answers 20:03
              • Apostrophe Practice 21:27
              • Apostrophe Practice Answers 21:59