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#lang pollen
(define-meta title "apostrophes")
hanging-topic[(topic-from-metas metas)]{Make sure theyre curly and point downward}
The em{apostrophe} has two functions we all remember from sixth-grade English class.
An apostrophe indicates the possessive case em{(Jessicas bagel)}em{.}
In contractions, an apostrophe takes the place of letters or numbers that have been removed (em{is not} becomes em{isnt}, em{Patent No. 5,269,211} becomes em{211}).
Apostrophes always point downward. If the smart-quote conversion feature of your writing system is on (see xref{straight and curly quotes}), then type an apostrophe with the same key you use to type a straight single quote glyph{'}. Your word processor will convert this character to a curly apostrophe glyph{}. Or you can type an apostrophe directly, using the same key as a closing single quote.