This KS2 English quiz takes a look at apostrophes to mark omission. Apostrophes to mark omission are used on contracted words. 'Contraction' means something which has been made smaller or shorter. When speaking, we often contract very common words: for example, 'I have' becomes 'I've' and 'you will' becomes 'you'll'. When writing, we use an apostrophe to replace the missing letters. The apostrophe shows the missing 'o' when 'do not' becomes 'don't'.
Contracted words are often used when writing dialogue because this is how the character would naturally speak. It’s important to know exactly where the apostrophe goes otherwise your writing won’t make much sense!
See how well you remember where the apostrophe belongs by trying this English quiz.