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Plural Possessives

 



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Grammar — Plural Possessives

 

 

Why Grammar?  Christian Worldview  Many of us that attended government school either never understood the importance of grammar or did not care.  Some only performed the grammar exercises since it was required and/or we did not want to get "in trouble."  This is so sad because grammar is not just about the mechanics of language, but has a Christian worldview behind it.  Grammar, as in all things in creation, points us to our Lord.  

 

Plural Possessives PDF File Worksheets (includes flashcards)

 

 

Do you remember what a plural noun is?

 

Plural Noun Definition:  When a noun means more than one, it is said to be plural.  
Examples:  boys, girls, books, churches

Possessive Case Definition:  When a noun shows ownership or possession

 

General Plural Possessives Rule #1
When the plural ends in s, only the apostrophe is added.

Examples:  
boys = boys' coat
Mr. Furness = Mr. Furness' car
Odysseus = Odysseus' travels
princess = princess' tiara

Plural Possessives Rule #2
When the plural does not end in s, only the apostrophe and the s is added.
Examples:  oxen = oxen's

Singular Possessives Review Rule #3
Frequently, many become confused when a singular noun ends in "s" thinking that the word is plural.  However, there are many singular proper nouns that end in "s" like Jesus, Jones, etc.  When a name ends in "s" or "es", simply add an apostrophe.  For a family by the name of Potts, it is one family — singular — therefore, it would be the Potts' car.

     
(King James Version)
Matthew 15:30 — And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and He healed them.

Correct:  The Jones' car is blue.
Incorrect: The Jones's house is on Fourth Street.

 

See:  Singular Possessives for more review

 

Exercise
Write the possessive of each of the following nouns and tell what each possesses.

boys ladies kings girls beauties
churches mice men geese oxen
women cousins clocks teachers heroes
ducks cows horses wolves bears
queens foxes flies turkeys workmen

 

Exercise
Change the phrases to possessive nouns
Examples:  the toes of the children = children's toes
               the feet of the horses = horses' feet

the cheering of the children
the laughter of the men
the horn of the oxen
the jump rope of the girls
the howling of the dogs
the singing of the choirs
the handbags of the women
the cheese of the mice

 

Exercise
Change these expressions to form the possessive case
e.g.,  the blocks of the children = children's blocks

1.  the pedals of the bicycles
2.  the legs of the chairs
3.  the clucks of the hens
4.  the ticking of the clocks
5.  the titles of the books
6.  the windows of the castles
7.  the colors of the crayons
8.  the brushes of the paints
9.  the petals of the flowers
10.  the papers of the students
11.  the chuckling of the parents
12.  the recital of the dancers

 

Quick Review

 Singular

 Plural
   
 the girl's fan  the girls' fan
 the man's work  the men's work
 the baker's bread  the bakers' bread
 the tailor's shop  the tailors' shop
 the mechanic's tools   the mechanics' tools 
 the fox's tail  the foxes' tail
 the citizen's duty  the citizens' duty

 

 

Exercise
Write the singular and plural possessives for the following

 

Singular

 Plural
   
Christian duty

________________ 

________________
brother opinion

________________

________________
church congregation

________________

________________
mother garden

________________

________________
family yard

________________

________________
worker uniform

________________

________________
minute work

________________

________________
day rest

________________

________________
money worth

________________

________________
witness accusations

________________

________________
actresses roles

________________

________________
day events

________________

________________
elephant trunk

________________

________________
tree leaves

________________

________________
giraffe neck

________________

________________
Christian responsibility

________________

________________
ship deck

________________

________________
clock hands

________________

________________
lamp light

________________

________________
hero prize

________________

________________
sin wages

________________

________________

 

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