This possessives page brings together information about

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




Hi how does it work for two singular names created a group? E.g. Maria and Johns car....I'm tempted to put john's but if it's more than one person is it Maria and Johns' ?

Hello Annedy,

Just one apostrophe in the normal position is needed in a case like this: 'Maria and John's car' (or 'John and Maria's car'). If each of them had a different car, then you could say 'Maria's and John's cars', but that is not what you mean as far as I understand.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


"In this Gallery, visitors can enjoy a remarkable art collection including world-famous Impressionist and Post Impressionist masterpieces."

In this sentence, would it be possible to put "Impressionist's masterpieces"?

Hello toto0119,

No, while that would be perfectly intelligible, it would not be correct. 'Impressionist' is a noun, but is used like an adjective here. This is common with other nouns (e.g. 'milk jug', 'fish tank') and something that you just have to check in dictionaries or example texts to see how they are used.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Thank you very much for your answer.


Hello, learnenglish team!
I d like to understand the real use of possessive case. in this example, which one of these two forms is correct? and if both are correct, what is the difference in terms of meaning?
"farmer plant" or "farmer's plant" and "David's ball" or "David ball"
kind regards

Hi Team,

Down below i have two sentences related to preposition 'of' .

1.Total number of requests.
2.Total number of request.

Should we request or requests after 'of'?

Please comment below.


Best Regards,

Hello Nandish,

'requests' is the correct form here. The phrase 'total number' implies the idea of more than one; even if the number is only one, or even zero, the idea is there and so the plural is used after it.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi brish council team i have a doubt in some sentences please corrct it.
The sentences are 1.If tomorrow is declared a holiday,we shall go to a picnic.
2. Raju found it difficult to explain his final exams marks to his parents.
3.My friend become terribly upset after losing her purse at the super market.