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Meaning of Noun in Possessive Case & Examples of Possessive Nouns

NOUN POSSESSIVE CASE – Here is the meaning of a noun in possessive case and some examples of possessive nouns.

One of the most prominent parts of speech in English is the noun. Its discussion at school may start from elementary level if not during the pre-school years.

Noun refers to the name of person, place, thing, event, idea, etc. It can be a proper noun or one that refers to a specific person, place, thing, or event or common which refers to a general one.

Examples of proper nouns are Mr. Francisco Perez, Nike, and San Jose Elementary School. Common nouns may include fireman, shoes, and school.

Noun Possessive Case

Aside from the types of noun, this parts of speech in English also have different cases. One of it is the possessive case which we will discuss in this article.


A noun that is in the possessive case shows ownership or possession. Usually, it ends with an apostrophe and a letter “s” (‘s). Meanwhile, if the subject ends with an “s”, only an apostrophe is added.

For Example:

  • Niño’s bag was placed under the table so he did not find it.

Explanation: In the sentence, it is clear that the bag belongs to Niño or he is its owner. Since the name of the subject ends with a letter “o”, an apostrophe and a letter ‘s’ was added.

  • The actress’ ballpen fell from the table.

Explanation: The actress already ends with a letter “s” so only an apostrophe was added. The noun shows that she is the owner of the ballpen which is the subject in the sentence.

Other Examples of Possessive Nouns:

  1. Anthony’s vocation is to help the poor.
  2. The dog’s food bowl cracked after it fell from the table.
  3. His birthday’s theme is underwater as he is fond of swimming.
  4. The teacher’s note on the blackboard was accidentally erased.
  5. The chip’s bag is too commercial to compete with the other products.
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