Possessive Nouns

To form the possessive case of a singular noun, add an apostrophe and an s.

The possessive case of a noun shows ownership or relationship.

Examples of Singular Possessive Nouns
the mechanic’s hat Clara’s sculpture a friend’s bicycle
Dave’s job the cat’s fur my book’s cover

 

A proper noun ending in s may take only an apostrophe to form the possessive case if the addition of  ‘s would make the name awkward to say.

Singular Possessive without the S
Texas’ parks Los Angeles’ weather

 

To form the possessive case of a plural noun that does not end in s, add an apostrophe and an s.

Possessive Case of Plural Nouns
men’s shoes mice’s tails
moose’s tracks teeth’s enamel

 

To form the possessive case of a plural noun ending in s, add only the apostrophe

Possessive Case of Plural Nouns Ending in S
carpenters’ union two weeks’ salary
lions’ habitat the Garcias’ apartment

 

Do not use an apostrophe to form the plural of a noun.  Remember that the apostrophe shows ownership or relationship.

Incorrect:  John gave the two girls’ their folders.

Correct:  John gave the two girls their folders.