Lesson Five - Possessive nouns (singular)

A possessive noun tells us who (or what) owns or has something. Possessives answer the question "Whose?" Study the following rule and examples and then try the practice exercises.

Rule 1: to make a singular word possessive, just add 's
    Tom => Tom's fault
    Kathy => Kathy's job
    the doctor => the doctor's coat
    the Jones => the Jones's house

Possessive nouns (plural)

Plural nouns follow slightly different rules for making them possessive. Study the following rules and then complete the practice exercises.

Rule 1: add ' to a regular plural noun which ends in s
    dogs => dogs' leashes
    teachers => teachers' desks

Rule 2: if the plural noun does not end in s, add 's
    geese => geese's pond
    children => children's rollerblades

Back to the Table of Contents

This page http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/ndakota/spelling/Lesson5.html