English Grammar and Exercises for ESL learners.
| Singular Nouns :
(even if the meaning is plural
or if there are several words.)
|Add 's after the possessor.|| - Tom's car
- The cat's tail.
- The children's toys
- The Queen of England's jewels
|Plural Nouns||Add 's after the plural 's'.|| - My parents' car.
- The students' rooms.
- My grandparents' house
|Names/nouns ending in 's'||Add 's after the last 's'.|| - Denis's wife
- Gladys's job
- The boss's office.
|Double Possessive||Add 's after
the possessor's name,
or use a possessive pronoun.
| - A friend of my father's
(one of his friends, not the only one.)
- A friend of mine/
- A friend of Julie's
|Shops and people's homes||Often take the possessive.|| - At the hairdresser's
- At the dentist's
- At the Brown's
The apostrophe followed by s ('s) (ex:Tom's), to denote possession, is used for living things.