explaining possessive nouns

 Possessive nouns are used to indicate ownership.They may also be used as substitutes for noun phrases, and they are typically found at the end of a sentence or clause

Possessive nouns usually are formed by adding an apostrophe (') and s.
  • John's book
  • Kerry's car
  • Grandma's mirror
When a noun is plural and ends in s, just add an apostrophe (').
  • The kids' toys
  • My parents' house
  • The teachers' lounge
If two people own one thing, add the apostrophe and s to the second person only.
  • John and Mary's new house
  • David and Sue's wedding
  • Tom and Doug's car
If two people own separate things, add the apostrophe and s for each person.
  • Susan's and Beth's books
  • Jean's and Dan's pants
  • Ben's and Jim's offices

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