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What is an apostrophe?

 

Definition
 

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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