Possessive nouns are nouns that show ownership or possession. A belongs to B.
- A belongs to B = B‘s A
- Anna’s baggage is missing.
- Mrs. Tuazon’s children are very bright.
- I love Andy’s new car.
There are certain RULES you need to follow when forming and using possessive nouns.
1. For singular nouns, add apostrophe (‘) and “s”
- Cathy’s cat
- Anna’s book
- Building’s parking lot
2. For singular nouns ending in “s” sound, add apostrophe (‘)
- Texas’ population
- Mr. Santos’ bag
- Los Angeles’ streets
3. For plural nouns ending in “s,” add apostrophe (‘)
- cats’ fur
- patients’ records
- lights’ color
4. For irregular plural nouns, add apostrophe (‘) and “s”
- men’s clothing
- children’s book
- people’s rights
5. For hyphenated and compound nouns, put the apostrophe (‘) at the end of the last letter
- mother-in-law’s bag
- post office’s employees
- department head’s task
6. When two or more nouns are joined, put apostrophe (and “s”) at the last joined noun
- Anna, Josh and Michael’s birthdays
- Jack and Jill’s pail of water
- Hansel and Gretel’s story
7. When two or more nouns are joined BUT the ownership is separate, put apostrophe (‘) at the end of each noun
- Jack’s and Jill’s bags are red and pink
- Anna’s and Jenny’s sections are A and B