Apostrophes of Possession

Apostrophes of possession are used with the letter s to show ownership. For example “The bird’s food.” If you have an s on the end of a word like James you just add an apostrophe and not an s. Example- “James’ bag.” (James owns the bag). You can have apostrophes not only on Proper nouns but on common nouns as well. The same rules apply. The tree’s branches were being blown around in the wind. (The tree owns the branches.)

Here are some examples of apostrophe of possession:

  • Bella’s breakfast was eaten very quickly. (Bella owns the breakfast)
  • The museum’s display was ruined by the five year old. (The museum owns the display)
  • The Panda’s fur was black and white. (The panda owns the fur.)

One thought on “Apostrophes of Possession

  1. Great explanation of the use of possessive apostrophes. Thanks for including the names ending in ‘s’.
    Well done on mentioning Proper nouns versus common nouns and showing what the difference is.

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