🏁 Don’t use an apostrophe just because a verb has an ‘s’ at the end.

He drink’s, she stay’s. Both are common. Both are wrong.

People often get confused and use an apostrophe when really it’s just a verb (often called ‘doing words’) with ‘s’ at the end of it.

Here are some examples of getting it wrong:

The man sit’s on his chair.

The woman drink’s her cup of tea.

Of course, they should be written like this:

The man sits on his chair.

The woman drinks her cup of tea.

There’s no need for an apostrophe. It’s just that we write some verbs with an ‘s’ at the end- that’s all. It’s as simple as that!

🔅 Got this one sorted too? Go to Skill 20.

The chrome shines and reflects.

🛠 Need more practise? Try these exercises.

🎯 📝 See if you can correct these other mistakenly written verbs:

John sleep’s soundly on the sofa.
Cheryl goe’s to the bus-stop every morning at 7am.
The dog dig’s up the lawn where its bone is buried.
Mr Johnson eat’s a meat pie every day for lunch.
Ellie phone’s all her mates on a Saturday.

✅ Your rewritten sentences should look like this:

John sleeps soundly on the sofa.
Cheryl goes to the bus-stop every morning at 7am.
The dog digs up the lawn where its bone is buried.
Mr Johnson eats a meat pie every day for lunch.
Ellie phones all her mates on a Saturday.

🚦Time for more?

Your work should already be a lot more accurate now, but there’s one last apostrophe mistake to avoid, in Skill 20!

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