Two apostrophes after a noun?
Is there ever a time when you might use two apostrophes?A student asked me this question in class when we were studying apostrophes.
The answer is yes! But extremely rarely.
Look at the following sentence using the third conditional:
If I had been born in China, I would have spoken Chinese as a child.
This is an example of the third conditional in English - the sentence is impossible. I was not born in China and I did not speak Chinese as a child.
When speaking, you may say, "If I'd been born in China, I'd've spoken Chinese as a child."
'd means "would", while 've means "have"
This can be difficult for the ear of a non-native speaker, who is listening for the words and not the abbreviations. And of course, avoid abbreviations in your formal writing.