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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

this is great, I have been learning english for more than 15 years and just now I understand the difference between s' and s.
thank you, you are the best

Hi,
I am confusing between possessive 's and nouns modifying nouns. can you please tell me the difference between them. 
what is the difference between : " Students' Number & Students Number"?
which one should we use if we are referring to the number of the students in a classroom ?
 
thanks in advance

Nice exercise! we can practice to distinguish the use of possessives for singular and plural noun. Thanks British Council!

I was thinking to join extra class for learning english but British Council help me to improvee my english in short time. Thanks British Council.

It's the first time I noticed between 's and s'. Thank.

 finally. i understand the 's and s'. 
                                    thanks ERIK

yes this is a great exercise. me too

liked it :)

this one is easy.

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