2 Possessive CaseTo form the possessive case of most singular nouns, add an apostrophe and an s.Ex. Tony’s problem; a bus’s wheel, a dollar’s worth, Mr. Ross’s job
3 Note:For a proper name ending in s, add only an apostrophe if the name has two or more syllables and if the addition of ‘s would make the name awkward to pronounce. Ex. West Indies’ export; Texas’ governor, Mrs. Wiggins’ carFor a singular common noun ending in s, add both an apostrophe and an s if the added s is pronounced as a separate syllable. Ex: the actress’s costumes, the dress’s sleeves, the class’s teacher
4 Let’s Try… Form the possessive case of each of the following nouns Let’s Try… Form the possessive case of each of the following nouns. After each possessive word, give an appropriate noun. Example: Teresa – Teresa’s pencilbabyuncleyearcentclassTerryEllenmouseMr. ChanMr. ReynoldsplanebosschildMs. SanchezhorseParissystemMr. Jones
6 Possessive pluralsTo form the possessive case of a plural nouns ending in s, add only the apostrophe.two birds’ feathersall three cousins’ vacationthe Girl Scouts’ uniforms*If the plural noun doesn’t end in s, add an apostrophe and s.children’s shoeswomen’s belts
7 Let’s Try… Form the possessive case of each of the following plural nouns. mencatsteachersenemiesprincessesdollarselvescattlemiceparents11. the SmithssheepwivesO’Gradysrunnersattorneysalliesfriendswomenbats
9 Possessive Notes Continued Generally, in compound words, names of organizations and businesses, and words showing joint possession, only the last word is possessive in form.compound words: community board’s meetingOrganizations: United Fund’s driveBusinesses: Berkeley Milk Company’s trucksJoint Possession: Peggy and Lisa’s tent
10 When two or more persons possess something individually, each of their names is possessive in form. Example:Mrs. Martin’s and Mrs. Blair’s carsAmy’s and Danielle’s tennis rackets
11 ContractionsUse an apostrophe to show where letters, numerals, or words have been omitted in a contraction.Who is = Who’s1991 = ’91Of the clock = O’clockBill is = Bill’sI had = I’dYou all = y’all
12 Don’t be confused~contractions and possessive pronouns are not the same! Who’s at bat?It’s roaring.You’re too busy!There’s a kite.They’re tall trees.Whose bat is that?Listen to its roar.Your friend is busy.That kite is theirs.Their trees are tall.
13 PluralsTo prevent confusion, use an apostrophe and an s to form the plurals of lowercase letters, some capital letters, numerals, symbols, and words that are referred to as words.I got A’s on both tests.The 1’s in this exercise look like l’s.Two different Web site addresses began with ##’s and ended with .com’s.His hi’s are always cheerful.