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Possessive Nouns When a noun shows ownership or possession.

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1 Possessive Nouns When a noun shows ownership or possession

2 Forming the Possessive of Singular Nouns To make singular nouns possessive, simply add s

3 Examples the food of the fish = the fishs food the claw of the lobster = the lobsters claw the book of the boy = the boys book the cheese of the mouse = the mouses cheese

4 Singular Possessive: Exception When a singular noun ends in "s" it may seem the word is plural. However, there are many singular proper nouns that end in "s" like Bess, Jones, etc. When a name ends in "s" or "es", simply add an apostrophe to the end. the car of Bess = Bess car the house of Jones = Jones house

5 Reminder Singular nouns are made possessive by adding s, unless it is a proper noun that ends in s already, like Jones.

6 Forming the Possessives of Plural Nouns There are 2 ways to make plural nouns possessive…

7 Plural Possessives #1 If the plural noun ends in s, simply add an apostrophe to the end the coats of the girls = the girls coats the marbles of the vases = the vases marbles the cat of the boys = the boys cat Remember: All of the words - girls, vases, and boys - end in s and are plural. They only need an apostrophe on the end.

8 Plural Possessives #2 If the plural possessive does NOT end in s add s

9 Examples the babies of the salmon = the salmons babies salmon is plural in this case, but does not end in s the fish of the children = the childrens fish We know that children is a plural noun, but it does not end in s. Therefore, it requires s after the n the boats of the men = the mens boats

10 Keep in Mind… Singular Possessives When a singular noun (usually a proper noun like a name) ends in s, only add an apostrophe. Otherwise, singular nouns take - s.

11 Plural Possessives If the plural noun ends in s, only add an apostrophe If the plural noun does not end in s (like children, fish, salmon, deer), add -s

12 Also Keep In Mind… Only the noun that possesses or owns something determines the apostrophe or -s. It does not matter how many things the noun owns or posseses. Hat example


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