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Apostrophes

Use an apostrophe before an s to indicate the possessive or ownership.

For example: The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s first-ever graduating class.

When a singular noun ends with an s, use a single apostrophe after the s.

For example:
The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities’ professors are qualified experts in their fields.

Dr. Christopher Collins’ innovative research demonstrates his expertise.

Plurals of decades have no apostrophe.

For example: The use of technology exploded in the 1990s.

Do not use an apostrophe with the possessive pronoun its.

For example: The Student Association had its first meeting of the year.

Use an apostrophe for the contraction meaning it is.

For example: It’s cold today.

Note: The university’s international offices recommend avoiding contractions in publications destined for countries where English is not the first language. Contractions can be difficult to interpret for those whose first language is not English.

Use an apostrophe for clarity when required.

For example: dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s

Do not use an apostrophe to pluralize an acronym.

For example:
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