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.





Above example[ "That's my friend's house." How many people live there? ]. In this why "more than one" can not be the correct ans? That's my friend's house but in a house more than one person may be live.I know 's can be used with a singular noun only.

Hello The_Unknown,

The exercise is testing the grammar that's explained above it, which indicates that 'friend's house' clearly refers to this friend being one person. So that is why the answer is 'One'.

As you rightly point out, however, it could be that your friend owns the house but other people also live there. In that case, 'More than one' could be correct. For the purposes of this page, however, I think the best answer is 'One', since it is, after all, testing the grammar presented here.

Thanks for pointing this out to us – I'll add it to our list of future improvements.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Would someone please explain to me which are those exceptions about the use of 's when there's no a person or animal?

Thanks a lot.

Your sentence 's is not possessive form 's I think it is contraction form of is.

Hello ngrl,

I'm afraid I'm not sure what you mean here. Could you provide an example to clarify?


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

hello all . yeasterday i was watching a movie and one person said to his friend.... (why don't you go over to Alice's) (what does "s" mean here) i'm wondering because there is no noun after "s" . please explain it to me

Hello naell,

The word 'place' or 'house' or 'flat' is often left out after a person's name + 's, so that means 'Why don't you go over to where Alice lives (Alice's flat, house, etc.).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

now i get it. thank you kirk

Can we use ('s) with a noun refers to a non human ? e.g; I will meet you in the supermarket's car park.

Hello Ahmed,

Normally, 's is used with people, animals or a group of living beings. There are some exceptions to this, but it would be a bit unusual to say 'the supermarket's car park' – though people would certainly understand you. In some cases, like this one, you can form a compound noun, i.e. you can just say 'the supermarket car park'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team