What Are Possessive Nouns?
How to Make Possessive Nouns?
Possessives with Singular Nouns Ending With 's'
When a singular noun ends in the 's' sound, we cannot add ('s) to the end of the possessive noun. Instead, we only add an
Possessives with Plural Nouns
When forming a possessive noun with a plural noun ending in -s or -es, we typically add only an apostrophe to the end of the noun. For example:
here in this example, the house belongs to more than a person because the apostrophe is used after 's.'
This example refers to a playroom belonging to two or more kids.
This example refers to a playroom belonging to one kid.
Possessives with Irregular Plural Nouns
When forming a possessive noun with an irregular plural noun that does not end in -s, we typically add 's. For example:
Plural nouns such as 'sheep' and 'deer', which have the same form as the singular noun, take 's to form possessive nouns. Like:
The plural form of the noun 'deer' is 'deer.'
Joint Possessive Nouns
If two or more nouns share possession of something or someone, we add 's only to the
Jane and Paul
When 's is added after
This is not a joint possessive noun
Possessive Nouns or Not?
Possessive nouns are typically formed using 's or simply an apostrophe ('). Be careful not to confuse this with the contracted form of the verb 'is' or 'has' attached to the subject. Take a look at the examples:
In this example, there is a noun after 's so the noun before the 's is considered a possessive noun.
Here the 's is followed by an adverb which makes it clear that the 's is not a possessive 's.
What Are the Uses of Possessive Nouns?
- Possessive nouns are used to show the relationship between two people. For example:
Here, 's shows the relationship between the mother and the son.
This is Anna
- Possessive nouns are used to indicate ownership or possession of something by a person or animal. Look:
I want to look at Picasso
- Possessive nouns can also be used to indicate a temporal association, often with time adverbs such as 'tomorrow,' 'yesterday,' 'today,' 'next week,' 'this year,' and so on. Look:
This structure can also be used with the preposition for : the lesson
He gave me a
- Possessive nouns can be used to substitute a full noun phrase and avoid repetition in a sentence. Look:
Is that Adam
No, it's John's house.")
- Possessive nouns can also refer to places, such as houses, shops, restaurants, churches, and colleges, using the name or job title of the owner to indicate ownership or association. Look at the examples:
I'm going to the
(Doctor's) means the doctor's work place.
Let's eat at The
While 'of' can also be used to indicate relationships and ownership, possessive nouns are generally considered the standard way of expressing possession or belonging and are used more frequently. For example:
Anna's father = the father
Useful Points about Possessive Nouns
Here are some key points to keep in mind when working with possessive nouns. For a more detailed lesson on this topic, please continue reading.
'S with Inanimate Nouns
Inanimate nouns are those that refer to non-living things, such as objects or concepts. Let's explore when it is appropriate to use 's with an inanimate noun.
- We use 's when the noun refers to a group of people and collective activity.
We do not mean Manchester, the city. We mean Manchester as a sport community, a group of sport's fan.
- When we refer to the city itself (and not the people in that city) it is recommended that we do not use 's.
The weather in Manchester (Not "
Here in this example, It is better not to use 's.
Here, the people of Manchester have organized a team.
- When naming a team, it is not necessary to use 's to form a possessive noun. For sports teams, the name of the city is typically used without ('s).
Here, Manchester is a location or hometown, not the people of Manchester.
Possessive Nouns vs. Noun Modifiers
Noun modifiers are used to show
1. a part of a whole
Possessive nouns can serve these functions as well. Take a look at some examples:
the car speakers = the speakers
the kitchen sink = the sink
part of a whole
'Possessive pronouns' enable us to indicate possession or ownership in a sentence. They can be used in place of a full noun phrase to avoid repetition. For example:
The class is all
Do not touch it. That's
'Possessives' are forms that we use to talk about possessions and relations between things and people.
|my, your, his, her, its
|mine, yours, his, hers, its
|our, your, their
|ours, yours, theirs
|the kids' playroom
|The contraction of the term is
|The contraction of the term has
|Using apostrophe s as a contraction