Topic outline

    • Nouns – Possessive Case

      Let’s read the two sentences below.

      Sentence 1: The book of the Ria is on the desk.

      Sentence 2: The Ria’s book is on the desk.

      Which sentence sound better?

      The first sentence is long and seems awkward to speak whereas second sentence short and straightforward. We use possessive case to show possession (i.e. ownership or belongings).

      Rules for Possessive Nouns

            1.   In case singular nouns and plural nouns that do not end in “s”, possessive case is formed by adding apostrophe and “s” to the noun.

      For example:

      Singular noun- Ayush’s toy

      Plural noun not ending in “s” – Women’s jewelries

            2.   In case of plural ending in “s”, possessive case is formed by adding only apostrophe to the plural noun.

      For example: Companies’ employees

            3.   In case of hyphenated and compound noun, add apostrophe + s to the end of the words.

      For example:

      Sister-in-law’s purse (hyphenated words)

      The United Arab Emirates president’s name (compound words)

            4.   When two or more nouns are used together, add the apostrophe + s to the last noun only.

      For example: Anu and Tia’s kit


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