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