possessives: nouns


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.



Hello Mandeep,

When 'to' is a preposition, a verb after it goes in the -ing form, e.g. 'I'm looking forward to going to school'.

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hi guys
I don't understand the question . my solution is so bad , What is mean the question for possessives nouns ? the answer is ( one / more than one)

what depends the settle ?

I don't understand

Hi joory hoory,

You need to look at the example sentence and decide if the sentence is talking about one person or more than one.

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Hello Peter,

When should Life and Lives be used? "Spending their life OR spending their lives".
I need to understand the proper grammatical use.

Thank you in advance

Hello zeeshan-hussain,

If 'their' here refers to more than one person then 'lives' is correct. If 'their' is used to mean 'he or she' then 'their' is correct.

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Hello sir,
i do not understand properly both point,which is given below.i read example but i do not understand properly.
1- we use 's with plural noun ending in -s.
2- we use 's with other plural noun.

Hello yogesh mani tripathi,

The rule is not as you have quoted here. Look at the page again.

WIth plural nouns ending in -s we use s' [s followed by an apostrophe]

With other plural nouns we use 's [an apostrophe followed by s]

The examples should make it clear.

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Possessive nouns are interesting. Now what happens when something belongs to a service, like say Public Administration.
1.The vehicle belongs to the Public Administration department.
2. The Public Administration's vehicle is having mechanical problems.
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