ESOL Ws/L2.4a

Use a range of punctuation to achieve clarity in simple and complex sentences
(i) Use the full range of punctuation marks effectively, including: commas for listing items in connected prose, between clauses in complex sentences, and after connectives like however; apostrophes for possession and omission; inverted commas for direct speech and to indicate a quotation
(ii) Understand the effect on style of using full or contracted forms

This resource uses a flow chart to help guide learners to the correct use of apostrophes.

Editor’s note
Updated Aug 2016. now includes irregular plurals such as ‘children’.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L2.4
Rs/L1.2
Apostrophes
ESOL
ESOL Ws/L2.4a
ESOL Rs/L1.2a

L1/2 factsheet and worksheet on bracketing and listing commas.
Useful for underpinning L1-2 Functional English writing skills.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L2.4
Ws/L1.3
Rs/L1.2
ESOL
ESOL Ws/L2.4a
ESOL Ws/L1.3a
ESOL Rs/E3.2a

Another expertly adapted text with ten missing apostrophes. Includes apostrophes of omission and possession (some example are challenging).
Inspired by Rachel Emmett’s ‘Capello Gerrard World Cup apostrophes’ resources (see below).

Level
L2
L1
English
Ws/L2.4
Rs/L1.2
ESOL
ESOL Ws/L2.4a
ESOL Rs/L1.2a
Context
Sport

An expertly adapted text with ten missing apostrophes. Includes apostrophes of omission and possession (some example are challenging).

Level
L2
English
Ws/L2.4
Rs/L1.2
Apostrophes
ESOL
ESOL Ws/L2.4a
ESOL Rs/L1.2a
Context
Sport