Possessive Nouns

Possessive Nouns are used to indicate ownership.
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

[Quiz 3.1]

Which of the following is not correct?

1) Dr. Hunts has a new computer.
2) Dr. Hunts’s new computer is working well.
3) Dr. Hunts’ computer is new.

View Answer

Both 2 and 3 are the correct answers. In your writing, you should be consistent. If you choose to leave the final ‘s’ out, then leave it out throughout your writing.

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