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  • 1. POSSESSIVE 'S<br />When we want to show that something belongs to somebody or something, we usually add 's to a singular noun and an apostrophe ' to a plural noun, for example:<br />the boy's ball (one boy)<br />the boys' ball (two or more boys)<br />Notice that the number of balls does not matter. The structure is influenced by the possessor and not the possessed.<br />one ballmore than one ballone boythe boy's ballthe boy's ballsmore than one boythe boys' ballthe boys' balls<br />The structure can be used for a whole phrase:<br />the man next door's mother (the mother of the man next door)<br />the Queen of England's poodles (the poodles of the Queen of England)<br />Although we can use of to show possession, it is more usual to use possessive 's. The following phrases have the same meaning, but #2 is more usual and natural: the boyfriend of my sistermy sister's boyfriend<br />Proper Nouns (Names)<br />We very often use possessive 's with names:<br />This is Mary's car.<br />Where is Ram's telephone?<br />Who took Anthony's pen?<br />I like Tara's hair.<br />When a name ends in s, we usually treat it like any other singular noun, and add 's:<br />This is Charles's chair.<br />But it is possible (especially with older, classical names) to just add the apostrophe ':<br />Who was Zanir’ father?<br />Irregular Plurals<br />singular nounplural nounmy child's dogmy children's dogthe man's workthe men's workthe mouse's cagethe mice's cagea person's clothespeople's clothes<br />Some nouns have irregular plural forms without s (man > men). To show possession, we usually add 's to the plural form of these nouns:<br />

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