Presentation on theme: "When a noun shows ownership or possession"— Presentation transcript:
1 When a noun shows ownership or possession Possessive NounsWhen 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 fish’s food the claw of the lobster = the lobster’s clawthe book of the boy = the boy’s bookthe cheese of the mouse = the mouse’s 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’ carthe house of Jones = Jones’ house
5 ReminderSingular 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 #1If the plural noun ends in “s”, simply add an apostrophe to the endthe coats of the girls = the girls’ coatsthe marbles of the vases = the vases’ marblesthe cat of the boys = the boys’ catRemember: 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 ‘s If the plural possessive does NOT end in “s” add‘s
9 Examples the fish of the children = the children’s fish the babies of the salmon = the salmon’s babiessalmon is plural in this case, but does not end in “s”the fish of the children = the children’s fishWe 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 men’s 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 PossessivesIf the plural noun ends in “s”, only add an apostropheIf 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