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Possessive Case

The Possessive case is used to express that something belongs to someone or to show a relationship between two or more people. We show this ownership by adding an apostrophe and an s to the noun if the noun is a person or an animal. We use the word "of" if there is a relation between two or more things.

With persons and animals:

Singular: 's

This is Tom's bike.

This is Kathy's mother.

Plural: s'

These are the boys' bikes.

This is the girls' mum.

 

's with irregular plural forms: These are our children's cell phones.

's or s' with people's names ending in "s": This is Charles' / Charles's car.

To express an ownership for two or more people put the 's to the final name: This girl is Ken and Bob's sister.

With things: of

The colour of the table is black.

The second chapter of this book.


EXERCISES

Possessive case - Exercise 1

Possessive case - multiple choice exercise