Apostrophes for Possession

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

1.Singular possession

Explanation:
 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

Explanation: 
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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