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Rochelle Habungan

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The possessive of singular noun (a name, place, thing or idea) is formed by adding an apostrophe plus an s.
- The house belongs to Monica
*Monica's house

- The flower has petals
*flower's petals

The pages of the book
-book's pages

The dirt of the floor
-floor's dirt
Forming the Possessive of Plural Nouns
The possessive of most plural noun is formed by adding just an apostrophe.

In other words, if the plural form of a noun ends in an "s", you need to add only an apostrophe to make it possessive

crackers' girls' gloves' boys'
students' animals'

The environmental group of citizens
-The citizens' environmental group

The manes belonging to the horses
-The horses' manes

The drawers of the file cabinets
-The file cabinets' drawers
Possessive of Plural Nouns
Irregular Plural Nouns
To form the possessive of irregular plural nouns that do not end in "s" add an apostrophe followed by an "s".


The lunch of the children
-The children's lunch

The meeting of the men
-The men's meeting
* is used to show ownership.
* A noun is possessive if a phrase can be changed to say that an item or idea belongs to someone or something.
* The possessive noun always come before what it owns or has

Possessive of Singular Noun
Be careful not to confuse plurals with possessives.

If a noun stands for more than one thing, it is plural and does not need apostrophe.

If a plural noun shows ownership, it is possessive and does require apostrophe and an "s"
Now lets put it all together
1. Add an apostrophe an add an "s" to a singular noun to show possession - even if the noun end in "s".

2. Add only an apostrophe to plural nouns ending in an "s".

3. Add an apostrophe and an "s" to irregular plural nouns that do not end in an "s".
Possessive Noun
The possessive of singular noun can also show an attribute aspect.
If the singular noun ends in an "s", you must add an apostrophe plus an "s" to make it possessive

The blackboard of the class
-The class's blackboard
Possessive Pronouns
What is a possessive pronoun?
Possessive pronouns are those designating possession. They may also be used as substitutes for noun phrases, and they are typically found at the end of a sentence or clause. There are only a few possessive pronouns in the English language, and there are only two specific rules for using them correctly. Keep these rules in mind when using possessive pronouns, and you’ll discover that writing properly is easier.

Like its name suggests, a possessive pronoun indicates ownership.
Possessive pronouns do not contain apostrophes.
Examples of Possessive Pronouns
This is my cat, not your cat. (Sounds repetitive)

This cat is mine, not yours.

I didn’t have my book so Jenny lent me her book. (Sounds repetitive)

I didn’t have my book, so Jenny lent me hers.

Your car is a lot faster than my car. (Sounds repetitive)

Your car is a lot faster than mine.
Common Noun Examples
Possessive pronouns are often accompanied by common nouns.

I, It, You, Me, This, That, Him, Her, They, We and Them
Possessive Pronoun Exercises
1. The horse swished_______tail to keep flies away.
2. The dessert is______but you can have it.
3. Please return_______money at once.
4. _______car is so dirty i can't even tell what color it is.
5. When the cat saw the dog, it stopped in_______tracks.
Possessive Pronouns List
Subject Possessive Pronoun
It Its
I My, Mine
You Your
She Her, Hers
He His
We Our, Ours
They Their, Theirs
You(plural) Yours

Possessive of Singular Noun
Possessive of Singular Noun that ends in "s"
Possessive form of Plural Nouns that ends in "s"
1. The hat of the boy.
2. The frame of the picture.
3. The wick of the candle.
4. The drawer belonging to the desk.
5. The ring belonging to Kerry.

1. The producer of the business.
2. The car belonging to Jess.
3. The ruffle of the dress.
4. The book belonging to Gus.
5. The driver of the bus.

1. The kennels of the dogs.
2. The engines of the car.
3. The dresses belonging to the girls.
4. The medals of the heroes.
5. The offices of the partners.

Possessive of Irregular Plural Nouns
1. The hats of the woman.
2. The jobs of the men.
3. The enamel of the teeth.
4. The odor of the feet.
5. The toys belonging to the children.
Put All Together
1. Did Johns father pick him up?
2. The landlords rules are very strict.
3. Charlene is taking two weeks of vacation.
4. Those protesters complaints never reached the proper authorities.
5. All of the patients file were lost in the fire.
6. Peggys knowledge of computers is very helpful.
7. The mens softball team on the championship.
8. The girls looked very pretty in their prom dresses.
9. The childrens toys were all over the room.
10. The dogs were caught by the dogcatcher.
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