AMPERSAND (cont.)A.WHEN AMPERSAND NOT USEDThe ampersand should not be used in the names of governmentagencies. (Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Trade and Industry).Note: Do not use a comma before an ampersand. When anampersand is used between the last two elements in a series, thecomma is ommitted. (The law firm of Quaison, Makalintal, Barot,Torres & Ibarra).2.] APOSTROPHE – is a mark of punctuation and a spelling symbol. It isformed either by using an apostrophe and “s” or an apostrophe alone.A.USES OF APOSTROPHE1. To form the Possessive case – the apostrophe is used to form thepossessive (genetive) case of nouns and certain pronouns.1.1 ) Use an apostrophe and “s” to form the possessive of a.Nouns not ending in “s”. The nouns may be singular or pluraland of one or more syllables. ( men’s, women’s, town’s,children’s, doctor’s).
One-syllable proper names ending in “s” or “s” sound . (Jones’struck, Marx’s teaching, Keats’s poems). However somegrammarians use the apostrophe alone for such proper names(Charles’, Jules’).
Proper names with more than one syllable but ends in silent“s” or “x.(Margaux’s books, Francois’s diamonds).d.Indefinite pronouns. (anybody’s, someone’s, nobody’s).e.Abbreviations. (C.O.D.’s transaction, C.B.’s deployment) .1.2) Use an apostrophe to form the possessive of:
Proper names of more than one syllable with an unaccented“eez” ending. (Jesus’ disciples, Ramses’ kingdom,Demosthenes’ riches).