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 +====== Apostrophe ======
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 +An apostrophe, marked thus ', is used to abbreviate or shorten a word : as, //'​tis//​ for //it is//;// tho'// for //​though//;//​ e'en// for //even//; //​judg'​d//​ for //judged//. Its chief use is to show the genitive case of nouns: as, "A man's property; a woman'​s ornament."​ — //​Murray//​. ​
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 +Authors frequently, in the hurry of writing, abbreviate their words and use the apostrophe; but a compositor, however his copy may be written, should never abbreviate any word in prose works, except he be particularly ordered so to do. 
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 +The apostrophe is also used in printing to close an extract, or to show where it finishes; and in dialogues, frequently, to close each person'​s speech; in both cases it is usually put close to the end of the word, without any space before it, except where the word finishes with a [[k:​kern|kerned]] letter, and then a hair space, or one just sufficient for their preservation is used; when it comes after an [[a:​ascending-letters|ascending letter]], a hair space should also be put between them. //See// [[q:​qotation|Quotation]]. ​
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 +The apostrophe is not used for abbreviation in the Holy Scriptures, nor in Forms of Prayers; but every thing there is set full and at length. To this even the Latin law language had regard, and did not shorten the word <wrap small-caps>​Dominus</​wrap>,​ when it had reference to God; whereas //Dom. Reg//. is put where our Lord the King is understood. ​
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