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Plural vs Possessive

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Transcript of Plural vs Possessive

Distinguishing Tenses Plural vs. Possessive Plural Forms Possessive Tense Plural Tense Irregular Plural Forms Compound Nouns Plural Possessive Singular Possessive For most nouns, the plural form includes the letter "s" at the end of the word.
For example:
dog = dogs, tree = trees, turtle = turtles

Nouns that end in "y" drop the "y" and add "ies"
For example:
family = families, story = stories Nouns Ending in S, Z, CH, SH, X
and O Nouns with these letters at the end call for an "es" in the plural form. This added syllable makes pronunciation easier.
For example:
beach = beaches, fox = foxes, wish = wishes

Some nouns ending in o are pluralized with an "s," while others call for "es." These words must be memorized, because there is no simple rule to explain the differences.
For example:
echo = echoes, hero = heroes, potato = potatoes
auto = autos, memo = memos, pro = pros In order to place the apostrophe correctly in plural nouns, you must first be certain of the plural form.

For plural nouns ending in "s," add only an apostrophe:

Singers' voices
The cousins' favorite uncle

For plural nouns not ending in "s," add an apostrophe and "s."

Men's clothing
Children's books The possessive form of a singular noun is an apostrophe followed by the letter "s."

Kramer's hair
Daphne's patience
the car's engine

Words ending with s, z or x generally omit the "s."

Dr. Seuss' sense of humor vs The plural form of a noun indicates simply that there are more than one of the person or thing in question. There are several other irregularities in the plural forms of English nouns.

man = men, woman = women, fungus = fungi
thief = thieves, species = species
medium = media, person = people

NO APOSTROPHES WITH PLURAL FORMS
except numbers, letters, words used as words.

How many 1's do we have in the line?
We put x's on the incorrect answers.
The no's resounded loudly throughout the chamber. A possessive form of a noun signifies that the noun owns something. Possessive forms call for a properly placed apostrophe. When a sentence indicates joint ownership in a compound construction, the possessive form is attached only to the second noun:

Deanna and Brandi's vacation plans
Tim and Bethany's wedding invitation

Note that individual ownership is marked by a double possessive:

Courtney's and Mem's grade point averages
Tim and Bethany share the same wedding invitation, whereas Courtney and Mem each have their own
grade point averages.
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