1. Apostrophes indicate ownership. Peter’s laptop / Busi’s car / The children’s clothes
2. Apostrophes indicate a contraction of two words.
Don’t (do not) / Doesn’t (does not) / ‘90s (1990s)
Sipho’s (Sipho is) going home next week.
3. Apostrophes NEVER indicate a plural, except where the plural is a single letter.
A’s / B’s / Grade C’s
PCs / 1950s / DVDs
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