Apostrophes for Possession

Are you learning about apostrophes for possession? If yes, then carry on reading!

1.Singular possession

 An apostrophe and the letter ‘s are used to show possession.

Example: The girl’s bicycle.

Note: In the example, the apostrophe indicates that one bicycle belongs to one girl.

2. Singular nouns ending in ‘s’

Example words: 
James, Wales, Paris and Dickens.

Explanation: Singular words ending in s can either end in an apostrophe s’ or have an apostrophe and ‘s to show possession

Example: It is James‘s birthday or it is James’ birthday.

Note: both James’ birthday and James’s birthday are grammatically correct.

Remember: use the version which best matches how you would pronounce it. Use James’s if you pronounce it “Jamesiz”, but use James’ if you pronounce it “James”.

3. Plural possession

an apostrophe is used after the s’ when more than one person (or thing) owns the object (or objects).

Example: The  squirrels’ nuts are crunchy.

Note: the apostrophe is after the plural noun squirrels because there are many squirrels and the nuts belong to them.                                       

4. Plural nouns not ending in ‘s’ 

Example words: 
men, people and children

Explanation: Plural words which do not end in the letter s have the apostrophe before the s when showing possession.

Example: She is the people‘s princess.

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