Possessive Nouns

 

Possessive nouns are nouns that show possession or ownership of something.

Any noun can become a possessive noun. Here are some examples:

  • Cat's
  • Korea's
  • John's
  • love's


How Possessive Nouns Function

Possessive nouns are nouns that function as adjectives. They always modify another noun.

Example

Ben's baby is cute.

The possessive noun tells us which baby is cute. It modifies the noun by telling us which one is being talked about.



How to Form Possessive Nouns

Singular possessive nouns are normally formed by adding 's to the end of a singular noun.

singular noun + 's

girl + 's = girl's

The girl's gun is too big for her.

 
singular possessive nouns
 

Exception: Singular nouns ending in 's'

noun + '

class + ' = class'

 
Plural possessive nouns are normally formed by adding ' to the end of a plural noun.

plural noun + '

girls + ' = girls'

The girls' team is winning.

plural possessive noun

Exception: Irregular plural nouns

noun + 's

men + 's = men's