What Are Possessive Nouns?
In English, we use possessive nouns to indicate possession or ownership of something or someone by us or another person.
To form a possessive noun, we can add ('s), which is an apostrophe and the letter 's', to the end of the noun indicating the possessor.
When indicating possession of a singular noun ending in 's', there are different writing styles that can be used. As shown in the following examples, both are correct:
As you can see, the sentence is referring to one person.
Here, the meaning is the same as the previous example but the writing style is different.
Here, the sentence is about a number of books and only an apostrophe is used at the end of the noun.
When using irregular or unchanging plural nouns, we can form possessive nouns by adding ('s) at the end of the noun.
In shopping malls, women
Possessive nouns have a wide range of uses in the English language. Let us examine some of their uses:
- To Show Relationship
- To Show Possession and Belonging
- To Avoid Repetition
To Show Relationship
Possessive nouns are commonly used to indicate relations between people. Take a look at the following examples:
As you can see, the possessive noun is used to show how two people are connected to each other.
To Show Possession and Belonging
Generally, possessive nouns are used to indicate ownership or belonging of something or someone. Take a look at the statements below:
To Avoid Repetition
At times, possessive nouns are used to avoid repetition of something that has already been mentioned in a statement. Pay attention to the following example:
(Please note that it is also
Knowing how to use possessive nouns can be helpful in indicating places and locations.
He's going to
Here, the sentence is about a person who is going to go to John's house.
Weren't you at the
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