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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Hello sumanasc,

If you are speaking about one paw only then you can say 'the lion's paw'.

the lion's paw - you are speaking about one lion and one of its paws

the lion's paws - you are speaking about one lion and more than one of its paws

the lions' paws - you are speaking about more than one lion and more than one of their paws

Onviously we would not speak about 'the lions' paw' as this would suggest one paw shared by more than one lion, which is not possible.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there,

Could you please tell me which of the following sentence is correct:

The form will require QA Manager approval
or
The form will require QA Manager's approval

Kind Regards,
SK

Hello SK,

Ideally I'd be able to see the context, but between these two, I'd say the first one. Or '... the QA Manager's approval' would also work I'd say.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

one's wit's end
Or
One's wits' end
Which is right in grammar??

Hello Rahul lamba,

'wits' is a plural noun and 'one' is singular, so 'one's wits' end' is the correct form.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk
what about if the noun ends with s, can we add 's or ' only
Thank you

Hi Adiliii,

When a noun ends in s we have two options: s' or s's

I went to James' wedding.

or

I went to James's wedding.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

What to do when you have a long noun phrase, especially the one that contains apposition, which part of it should indicate possession? Is it "his son's John's car" or "his son John's car"?

Hello ivy07,

The second option is the correct one here: 'his son John's car'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I am looking for the correct spelling for the following and how the word Gent's with the apostrophe should be spelt when referring to selling a product:
Should it be Ladies' and Gent's watch or Ladies' and Gents' watch

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