24 Possessive Case

Nouns

The Possessive Case is used to talk about things that belong to a person or animal. We can even use it to show that one thing belongs to another thing.

Below you can read the three cases of formation of the Possessive case:

  • Singular – we add an apostrophe and an s (‘s) to singular nouns: cat –> cat‘s;
  • Plural – we add an apostrophe (‘) to regular plural nouns: cats –> cats‘;
  • Irregular plural – we add an apostrophe and an s (‘s) to irregular plural nouns: people –> people‘s.
  • This is my sister‘s room. (I have 1 sister)
    This is my sisters’ room. (2 sisters or more)
  • You can find my friend‘s number here. (1 friend)
    You can find my friends’ numbers here. (2 friends or more)
  • I don’t like my cousin‘s boyfriend. (1 cousin)
    I don’t like my cousins’ boyfriends. (2 cousins or more)

The Possessive Case is used to talk about things that belong to a person or animal. We can even use it to show that one thing belongs to another thing or person.

The Possessive case is used when we want to talk about things that belong to a person or an animal.

To show this graphically, we add an apostrophe and an (-‘s) to singular nouns, an apostrophe (‘) to regular plural nouns and an apostrophe and an (-s’) to irregular plural nouns.

For example:
— “The cat‘s ball is on the sofa.” = Cat is singular so we add (-‘s) (The ball belongs to one cat).
The cats ball is on the sofa.” = Cats is plural so we add (‘) (The ball belongs to more than one cat).
— “The children‘s ball is on the sofa.” = Children is an irregular plural so we add (-‘s).

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section which shows its use within a context.