What Is A Possessive Noun & Its Examples – Here’s A Guide…

WHAT IS A POSSESSIVE NOUN – Here is the definition of possessive noun as well as its examples and the rules in using it.

There are many types of nouns. In fact, “noun” is one of the widest topics under the English subject. Below, you will know what is a possessive noun and what are the examples under this type of noun.

Possessive Nouns Examples and How To Use Them In A Sentence

Here are some examples of possessive nouns and its definition.

POSSESSIVE NOUNS – Here are rules for showing ownership by using these possessive nouns and some examples for further understanding.

The word that refers to a person, place, thing, or idea is called a noun and it has different types: common nouns, proper nouns, abstract nouns, collective nouns, concrete nouns, and so on.

Possessive Nouns

And one specific type we will be learning in this post is the possessive noun and its examples.

A possessive noun refers to the words that indicate ownership where the key characteristic is the apostrophe before the “s”.

These are the grammar rules for this:

  • add apostrophe + “s” to the end of a noun if singular
  • add an apostrophe to the end of a plural noun if plural
  • add an apostrophe + “s” to the end of a noun if hyphenated or compound
  • add an apostrophe + “s” to the end of the last noun in a group
  • add an apostrophe + “s” to each of the separate nouns to show separate ownership

Check out some examples below for further understanding:

Not ending in “S”
IndefiniteHyphenated or Compound
Hyphenated or Compound
Nouns Joined Together
Suzy’s phonecats’ furwomen’s rightsanother’smother-in-law’s houseBus stops’ repairHansel and Gretel’s story
Anne’s pencildogs’ dinnerschildren’s toysanybody’sT-shirt’s colorfive-year-olds’ toysSalt and pepper’s cost
Lawyer’s feefemales’ padsmice’s trapseach other’sFull moon’s brightnessex-wives’ alimonyJupiter and Saturn’s photos
Tree’s barkhorses’ hoovesknives’ bladeseach one’sMid-May’s heatSouth Africa’s organizationCharlie and Shay’s house
Michael’s bagchickens’ wingspeople’s rightsno one’sbrother-in-law’s cardragon flies’ wingsLauren and Megan’s parents
Father’s shirtcompanies’ employeesgeese’s eggsnobody’sPhilippine Postal Service’s stamps golf balls’ holescoffee and tea’s total amount
your mother’s dishcountries’ armiesoctopi’s tentaclessomeone’sattorney general’s offices editors-in-chief’s legaciesbabies and children’s section

Meanwhile, for names like Jesus, Moses, Achilles, Charles, or other names that end in “Z” sound, one can either just add an apostrophe or apostrophe + s.


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