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What is an apostrophe?



An apostrophe is an address to

  • an absent person, or
  • a personified abstraction or thing.
Example (English)
  • O eloquent, just, and mighty Death!

    (Sir Walter Raleigh’s History of the World, cited by Corbett 1971 486 )

  • Sources

    Corbett 1971 486


    Mish 1991 96

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