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Plural vs Possessive
Transcript of Plural vs Possessive
dog = dogs, tree = trees, turtle = turtles
Nouns that end in "y" drop the "y" and add "ies"
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.
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.
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:
The cousins' favorite uncle
For plural nouns not ending in "s," add an apostrophe and "s."
Children's books The possessive form of a singular noun is an apostrophe followed by the letter "s."
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.