We use a noun with ’s with a singular noun to show possession:

We are having a party at John’s house.
Michael drove his friend’s car.

We use s’ with a plural noun ending in -s:

This is my parents’ house.
Those are ladies’ shoes.

But we use ’s with other plural nouns:

These are men’s shoes.
Children’s clothes are very expensive.

We can use a possessive instead of a noun phrase to avoid repeating words:

 

Is that John’s car?   No, it’s Mary’s [car]. > No, it’s Mary’s.
Whose coat is this?   It’s my wife’s [coat]. > It’s my wife’s.

 

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If we want to say that it is a habitat for tigers, should we say :
1/ It is a tiger habitat ( just like the example of "the snow leopard habitat" ).
2/ It is a tiger's habitat.
3/ It is a tigers' habitat.
4/ It is a tigers habitat.
Please help me with the correct answer(s).
Thanks

Hello melvinthio,

I see that Kirk has already answered a very similar question regarding apostrophes, and that this question was reposted a second time. Please ask questions once only. If we are able to answer - and we receive many question every day and cannot get to all of them - then it will be; repeating the question only makes the process slower.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
Can you please explain Nominative, Accusative, and Dative?

Hello Rabail Ahmad,

Old English had a fairly developed case system, but there's so little of it left in modern English that grammars rarely speak of case when describing it. In general, though, 'nominative' case is the form a word has when it's used as a subject, 'accusative' is the form it has when it's used as an object and 'dative' is the form it has when it's used as an indirect object.

But these aren't all that useful for talking about modern English. If you'd like to learn more about cases, I'd suggest starting with the Wikipedia grammatical case page.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I believe that the answer for the phrase below is wrong
"It depends on my partners' decision." How many people are going to decide?
The answer says it is more than one, but my partner is one person, not more than one!

Hello Hegerty,

The apostrophe follows the s when more than one person is being referred to, so the answer is more than one.

Partner can be used to describe people in business, for example, or other arrangements. It is quite a general word.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Can you please tell me which is correct .
Lion's paws or Lions' paws
Neighbour's pool or neighbours' pool
This is for possessives

It depends if you are talking about one lion or many lions.
one lion's paws, two lions' paws

I don't see an answer for this . I did go through the examples . But I am not sure of the "Lion's paw"
One lion has four paws .
please clear my doubts
many thanks
sumanasc

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