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Apostrophe, Hyphen, and Dash Practice

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Apostrophe, Hyphen, and Dash Practice

Apostrophes

Place apostrophes where they belong in the following sentences.

  1. The mans rake wasnt left in the leaf pile.
  2. My mothers tablecloth was stained with grease.
  3. You shouldnt pull your sisters hair.
  4. The secretarys phone rang off the hook all morning.
  5. Maries umbrella was blown inside out.
  6. The snowstorms forecast didnt keep us out of school.
  7. Kyles pep talks are always the best arent they?
  8. Mandys parents grounded her, so she couldnt go to the concert with me.
  9. There was a huge pile of students papers on the teachers desk.
  10. That actresss British accent wasnt very good.

Hyphens and Dashes

Determine where hyphens or dashes should be appropriately placed in the following sentences.

  1. Everything the dresser, bed, tables, and your desk needs to be moved before we can paint.
  2. At seventy nine, Mr. Perkins is extraordinarily active.
  3. We made it to the top of the mountain the view was spectacular!
  4. My brothers in law are the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet.
  5. It is said that possession is nine tenths of the law.
  6. One hundred fifty five people filed into the courthouse to view the arraignments.
  7. Denny was asked to reglue the eyes onto his puppet's face, as they had fallen off.
  8. Mary said her ex sister in law would always be a part of the family.
  9. Jayne loves playing with her daddy's old jack in the box that her grandma brought.
  10. Some old movie theme songs M*A*S*H, The Pink Panther, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Wizard of Oz are classics that will live on for all time.

Answers

  1. man's, wasn't
  2. mother's
  3. shouldn't, sister's
  4. secretary's
  5. Marie's
  6. snowstorm's, didn't
  7. Kyle's, aren't
  8. Mandy's, couldn't
  9. students', teacher's
  10. actress's, wasn't
  11. Everything—the dresser, bed, tables, and your desk—needs to be moved before we can paint.
  12. At seventy-nine, Mr. Perkins is extraordinarily active.
  13. We made it to the top of the mountain—the view was spectacular!
  14. My brothers-in-law are the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet.
  15. It is said that possession is nine-tenths of the law.
  16. One hundred fifty-five people filed into the courthouse to view the arraignments.
  17. Denny was asked to re-glue the eyes onto his puppet's face, as they had fallen off.
  18. Mary said her ex-sister-in-law would always be a part of the family.
  19. Jayne loves playing with her daddy's old jack-in-the-box that her grandma brought.
  20. Some old movie theme songs—M*A*S*H, The Pink Panther, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Wizard of Oz—are classics that will live on for all time.
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