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Possessives: nouns

Level: beginner

We add 's to singular nouns to show possession:

We are having a party at John's house.
Michael drove his friend's car.

We add ' to plural nouns ending in -s:

This is my parents' house.
Those are ladies' shoes.

But we use 's with irregular plural nouns:

men women children people

These are men's shoes.
Children's clothes are very expensive.

We can use a possessive instead of a full noun phrase to avoid repeating words:

Is that John's car?
     No, it's Mary's. (NOT No, it's Mary's [car].)

Whose coat is this?
     It's my wife's.
 (NOT It's my wife's [coat].)

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Comments

I can be wrong, but I guess in this case: "sister's" = "sister has (got)"

Hello Peter and Mayela M,
My English is not good. I think ''  's '' in this case means 'has'. i.e My sister has got two young children.
Best wishes,
Thanh
Learner

Hello vanthanhdhqn,
Thank you very much for your correction!  You are, of course, correct: the contraction here is 'has' not 'is'.  Well spotted!
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

It is good...I understood the usage of s' and 's.
 
and i have a doubt.
In the below sentence....
this is john's parents' house.
do we need to use both 's and 's in this sentence? (to point his parents' house)
and can we use any no. of 's and s' in a sentence?
thank you

Hello krishna0891,
It's great to hear that you found this page useful!
The sentence you wrote is correct, and yes, both 's and s' are required to indicate the house of his parents.
In theory, there's no limit on the number of 's or s' in a sentence, but if there are too many, it can be difficult to understand precisely what is meant.
Please let us know if you have any other questions!
Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Ooh very glad ;couz its the first time to understand between s' and 's thank you very much

i have not understood very good this exercise
 

It was good...I realised the usage of s' and 's... thanks.

It´s my first exercise where I have all correct, I need more practice.

uhuuu! That was good! I learned the mean of 's \o/

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