Possessive Nouns for intermediate learners
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!
What Are Possessive Nouns?
In English, when we want to show possession or that something or someone belongs to us or somebody else, we use possessive nouns.
We can simply add a ('s) which is an apostrophe + s to the end of the possessor. Look at the following examples:
When you want to show possession of a singular noun ending in 's', you can use different writing styles. As it is 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.
We can use the structure of possessive nouns with both regular and irregular nouns. However, when the nouns are countable regular ones, we use an apostrophe (') at the end of the noun for showing possession. Take a look at the following examples:
Here, the sentence is about a number of books and only an apostrophe is used at the end of the noun.
When we use irregular or unchanging plural nouns, we simply add a ('s) to change them to possessive nouns. Pay attention to the following examples:
In shopping malls, women
Possessive nouns are used in many different contexts in the English language. Let us examine some of its common uses below:
- To Show Relationships
- To Show Possession and Belonging
- To Avoid Repetition
To Show Relationships
When we want to show the relations between different people, we mainly use possessive nouns. 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
Normally, when we want to show something or someone belongs to us or something else, we use possessive nouns. Take a look at the statements below:
To Avoid Repetition
Sometimes, possessive nouns are used to avoid repeating something that has been mentioned in the statement before. Pay attention to the following example:
(Please note that it is also
It is useful to know that we can use possessive nouns in order to point out places and locations. Look at the following examples:
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