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Possessive Nouns

Possessive: to show relationship or ownership

Possessive Nouns are used to show relationship or often ownership to another noun.


Examples of possessive nouns:

Book            Katie          ->  Katie’s book


  1. To show ownership – possessive – of any noun, plural or singular, add an apostrophe to the end – either with or without an (s).

  3. If the singular form of the noun doesn’t end in s, add as apostrophe followed by the letter (s).


Examples of possessive ownership nouns


Child Toy -> The Child’s toy.

(Rule #2)

Charles Book -> Charles’ book

(Rule #1)

Puppies Food -> The Puppies’ food.

(Rule #1)


ESL Tip: A possessive noun always uses an apostrophe.


Possessive Nouns are Easy

More examples of possessive nouns:

Nouns that end in “s”





Both singular and plural…

Get only an apostrophe at the end to show ownership.

The dogs’ water bowl was full.

Kathy found Charles’ wallet.

Ms. Lambert was talking to the girls’ soccer coach.


More examples:


The flower’s water

The couch’s pillow

The captain’s boat

The camera’s lens

The King’s throne

The pizza’s crust

Socrates’ philosophy (because Socrates end in s – just add an apostrophe)

*only add s after the apostrophe if there is no s already there.

Hercules         -> Hercules’ strength

Socrates        -> Socrates’ philosophy


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