Common Usages of Apostrophes Most commonly used with contractions Also used with nouns and some pronouns Shows ownership Shows relationship
Possessive Nouns - Singular Singular noun Add ‘s to the noun Owl + ‘s = owl’s This hollow tree is the owl’s home Charles + ‘s = Charles’s Preserving historic buildings is Prince Charles’s personal crusade Singular compound nouns and the names of most businesses & organizations use the same format A two-year-old’s soccer skills are limited. I enjoy looking at Barnes and Noble’s website.
Possessive Plurals Plural nouns that end in s Add only an apostrophe to form the possessive of a plural noun that ends in s. Boxes + ‘ = boxes’ All of the boxes’ contents are leaking out. Plural nouns that don’t end in s Add ‘s, just like you would for the singular noun Women + ‘s = women’s The women’s softball uniforms arrived today.
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