This possessives page brings together information about

  • possessive nouns
  • possessive adjectives
  • possessive pronouns
  • questions
  • reciprocal pronouns  




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AS far I know 'help' is a bare infinitive verb which does not go 'to' but here 'to improve' makes me confused. Please help me get rid.

Hello Rahim Dhaka,

Both 'help you to improve' and 'help you improve' are correct patterns. If you look in the example sentences in the dictionary entry for 'help', you can see this indicated there: '(to)' means that 'to' is optional in this construction.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


''The balloon is girls' ''

Do we pronounce the plural nouns with apostrophe ''girlses'' (as in names ending with ''s'') or as only a plural noun ( in this example ''girls'')?

Thank you.

Hello JakiGeh,

I've heard both pronunciations. As far as I know, both are correct, though the one with the extra syllable sounds more informal to me.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Jaki Geh,

The plural possessive 's' is generally pronounced the same as the plural, without any extra syllables. Where they may be ambiguity the speaker may add extra emphasis in the way you suggest.


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The LearnEnglish Team

It will cost much to the one whoever wearing a red dress or in a red dress dances with a girl in my fair. Sir, is this a right sentence ? if not then Could you please make a right one for me. I want to say that Anyone in a red dress, if dances with a girl in my fair, it will cost much to him.

It really costs much to dance with a girl in red dress. Does preposition pharse 'in red dress' refer to the girl or someone, whoever will dance with her and if that refers to the girl then Could we say 'It really costs much to one in red dress or wearing red dress whoever will dance with a girl, If we want that preposition phrase to refer to one who will dance with a girl ?

Hello SonuKumar,

The sentence is not fully correct but the phrase 'in the red dress' (as it should be) refers to the girl unless there is a specific context which suggests otherwise.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Kirk. It's very nice of you. Thanks once again.

Which would be the correct form of 's in the following?
1. 5 kgs' pack or 5 kg's pack.
2. 5 kms' journey or 5 km's journey.
3. 5 days' work or 5 day's work.