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01.05.20

Learning Objective:

To indicate possession by using the possessive apostrophe with singular and plural nouns

Key deļ¬nition:

A possessive apostrophe is an apostrophe used to show ownership of something or things by another.

Terminology


Nouns are words that represent a person, place, object or idea, e.g. ‘girl’, ‘home’, ‘bicycle’ or ‘happiness’.


A singular noun represents one person, place, object or idea, e.g. ‘girl’ or ‘bicycle’.
A plural noun represents more than one person, place, object or idea, e.g. ‘girls’ or ‘bicycles’.

A contraction is a shortened form of a word, which can use an apostrophe to make it shorter. For example, ‘could not’ becomes ‘couldn’t’ and ‘cannot’ becomes ‘can’t’

A possessive apostrophe is used to indicate possession of something or things by another.
When a noun is in its singular form, an apostrophe and the letter ‘s’ are added to show possession (e.g. ‘the girl’s shoes’).