What are possessive nouns? How do you write possessive nouns? Where does the apostrophe go for possession?
1) The possessive form is used with nouns referring to people, groups of people, countries, and animals. It shows a relationship of belonging between one thing and another.
Leslie’s aunt is a doctor.
2) To form the possessive, add an apostrophe + -s to the noun.
My brother’s computer was stolen a week ago.
Children’s toys were on the ground.
If the noun already ends in -s, just add an apostrophe.
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For names ending in -s, you can either add an apostrophe + -s, or just an apostrophe. The first option is more common.
They want to sell James’s car.
Study some of the fixed expressions where the possessive form is used.
a day’s work, a month’s pay, in a year’s time, for God’s sake
Note that the possessive is also used to refer to shops, restaurants, churches, universities etc., using the name or job title of the owner.
I want to go to Luigi’s for dinner.
Peter has an appointment at the dentist’s at 10 a.m.
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