Possessive Nouns for beginners

Possessive structures have many functions like showing ownership or belonging. With the help of apostrophe 's', we can make a possessive noun. Let's start!

"Possessive Nouns" in English Grammar

What Are Possessive Nouns?

We use apostrophe s (’s) to show that something belongs to someone or something:

Sam's car is fancy.

Here, it means that Sam has a car.

Hanna's cat is cute.

Here, it shows that Hannah has a pet cat.

Forming Possessive Nouns

'Possessive nouns' are formed by adding an 's to the noun which is the owner of something. Remember there is always a noun after 's. For example:

Peter's sister is tall.

My father's car is black.

using 's to show possession

Warning

'S can be added to both proper and common nouns. Here are some examples:

Kylie's friend is a singer.

His friend's hand is hurt.

Relationships

'S' does not only show possession, it can also be used to show relationships. Look at the examples below:

Nina's grandmother is too kind.

Peter's father is a dentist.

Possession with Singular and Plural Nouns

We use (’s) after a singular noun and ’ after a plural noun.

Singular Nouns Plural Nouns
Thehe boy's car The boys' car
My dad's house My parents' house

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