The Apostrophe Use with Possessives: The Apostrophe Use with Possessives By Tom Souter What are possessives?: What are possessives? Possessives show ownership.
They show something belongs to someone or something.
In other words, they “possess” something.
For example, if we want to show that a book belongs to the boy, it would be stated:
the boy’s book Slide3: the coat belongs to the girl
the girl’s coat
the bone belongs the the dog
the dog’s bone
the pencil belongs to the teacher
the teacher’s pencil
The jump ropes belong to the students
the students’ jumprope There are 3 rules to guide how to make possessives.: There are 3 rules to guide how to make possessives. Rule 1:To form the possessive of a singular noun, add an apostrophe and s (‘s): Rule 1: To form the possessive of a singular noun, add an apostrophe and s (‘s) A noun is a person, place, or thing
“Singular” means that there is only one as opposed to having more than one or “plural”
For example, if the singular noun “cat” has a brush, the possessive form is:
the cat’s brush Slide6: The lady owns the coat.
the lady’s coat
The man has a belt.
the man’s belt
Frank owns the boat.
Frank’s boat Rule 2:For a plural noun ending in s, add only an apostrophe (‘): Rule 2: For a plural noun ending in s, add only an apostrophe (‘) A plural noun means there is more than one. For example, “boy” is singular and “boys” is plural.
Since one s was already added to make this noun plural, a second s is not added.
the three girls’ notebook
Not: the three girls’s notebook Slide8: three ladies own the business
the three ladies’ business
the pen belongs to the dogs
the dogs’ pen
the students own the computer
the students’ computer Slide9: the ring belongs to the girl
the girl’s ring (singular)
the bike belongs to three boys
the three boys’ bike (plural)
the cooks own the kitchen
the cooks’ kitchen (plural)
the tools belong to dad
dad’s tools (singular) Some nouns are made into plurals without adding s.: Some nouns are made into plurals without adding s. man mouse child men mice children Rule 3:For a plural noun that does not end in s, add an apostrophe and s (‘s).: Rule 3: For a plural noun that does not end in s, add an apostrophe and s (‘s). The cars belong to the men.
The men’s cars
The cheese belongs to the mice.
The mice’s cheese
The children own the toys.
The children’s toys Slide12: The bone belongs to the dogs.
The dogs’ bone
The dishes belong to the women.
The women’s dishes
The people own the seats.
The people’s seats
The basketball belongs to the players.
The players’ basketball Review: Review Singular possessive nouns add ‘s
the man’s glove
Plural nouns ending in s, add only the apostrophe ‘.
the four cats’ toy
Plural nouns that do not end in s, add ‘s.
the men’s cars