The apostrophe is something you need to get right, every time. A single misplaced apostrophe in that CV or that manuscript you've sweated over for years? It could undo all your hard work in a single moment. Because if there's one thing employers, editors and educated readers will judge you on, it's how you use the apostrophe.
But the apostrophe needn't be difficult - it just takes a little bit of thought and a teacher who knows how to make the rules clear, easy to remember and even fun! That's where English Grammar: Apostrophe Beginner to Apostrophe Expert comes in.
In English Grammar: Apostrophe Beginner to Apostrophe Expert, Cambridge writing tutor Dr Clare Lynch guides you from the basics to professional mastery, step by step.
You'll start by mastering the two main uses of this tricky little punctuation mark – and build up your knowledge from there.
By the end of this course, you'll not only be using the apostrophe with ease and confidence. You'll also have a more in-depth knowledge than the vast majority of professional writers, editors and proofreaders.
This comprehensive course gives you:
What this course on the apostrophe covers - and how to get the most out of it.
Contraction and possession: the two main uses of the apostrophe.
Can you identify examples of apostrophes being used to indicate possession and contraction? Can you spot where not to use an apostrophe (in simple pluralisation)?
You may see apostrophes in words like these - but they're wrong, so be careful!
Insert apostrophes correctly in these sentences.
Now it's time to test your recall of what you've learned about apostrophes so far!
Confusing "its" and "it's" is the most common apostrophe error there is. Here's how to avoid it.
Do you need an apostrophe with its? Test your mastery of the difference between its and it's.
Like "its" and "it's", "whose" and "who's" are often confused. Here's the easy way to make sure you always pick the right word.
Can you tell the difference between whose and who's?
Confusing "your" and "you're" is an easy mistake to make. Here's a simple way to make sure you always pick the right word.
Can you tell the difference between your, you're and yours?
A simple explanation of the difference between "we're", "were" and "where".
Can you tell the difference between we're, were, where and where's?
Unsure of the differences betwee "theirs" and "there's", "they're" and "there"? Here's what you need to know.
Can you tell the difference between theirs, there's, they're or there?
This use of the apostrophe will save you from the ire of the internet's grammar snobs.
Test your knowledge of some of the trickier aspects of apostrophe usage.
Is it the "cat's whiskers" or the "cats' whiskers"? That depends...
Can you insert the apostrophes in the correct positions?
Unusual plurals can pose a challenge when it comes to the apostrophe. Here's what you need to know.
Test your mastery of the apostrophe with irregular plurals.
Don't make this apostrophe mistake on your CV!
Test your knowledge of where to place the apostrophe.
Is it St Thomas's Hospital or St Thomas' Hospital? Here's what to do when the name of a person or place ends in "s"
Should you put an apostrophe in a number or a decade? Well, that depends...
Apostrophes in abbreviations? Here's what you need to know.
Correct the apostrophes in this memo. Use the apostrophe cheat sheet if you get stuck.
Even an experienced writer can miss an apostrophe error. Here's how to check your work for correct usage.
Take your writing to the next level with one of my other courses.
Teaches writing at Cambridge University - the ONLY Udemy writing instructor who does!
The ONLY Udemy writing instructor who's actually written documents for leading organisations like these:
Aberdeen Asset Management
King's College, Cambridge
Misys International Banking Systems Ltd
Prudential UK and Europe
Royal Bank of Scotland
TowerBrook Capital Partners
Tradition (interdealer brokers)
And trained students and executives to write at:
European Banking Authority
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Language Centre, University of Cambridge
Mavens of London
Creator of Good Copy, Bad Copy, which Copyblogger named in its list of 15 copywriting and content marketing blogs that will make you more money
Former Financial Times journalist
I'm Dr Clare Lynch and I love helping anyone in business find their voice as a writer.
I've trained and coached people at a variety of organisations. I've helped executives break through the career roadblock created by poor, underconfident writing. I also teach academic writing and professional communication at the University of Cambridge.
I'm also a director at Cambridge Language Education and Research Associates (CLERA), which provides English language training and consultancy to governments, universities, the private sector and schools, both in the UK and overseas.
And for the past two decades, I've made a very good living as a business writer myself. After receiving my PhD in Old English from Cambridge, I founded Doris and Bertie Ltd. As the managing director of Doris and Bertie, I head a team of business writing experts that works with anyone who needs to write as part of their job.
I'm also the author of the business-writing blog Good Copy, Bad Copy. It's named on Copyblogger's list of 15 copywriting and content marketing blogs that will make you more money.
But for me, the best part of my job involves sharing my knowledge of business writing with others. I love giving other people in business the confidence to write in a way that allows them to connect with others. With their clients, their customers, their team, their bosses, the Board or potential investors – whoever they need to win over.