Apostrophes can be confusing, but there are some simple rulesthat make them easy to understand.
In these examples, we are going to be using apostrophes to show possession.
(‘s) is used to show that ONE person/thing owns something. The object that the person/thing owns can be singular or plural.
- The dog’s food.
- Lillian’s necklace.
- The baby’s bottles.
If a name ends in “s”, you can still use (‘s), but you can also use (‘).
- Jess’s homework.
- Jess’ homework. (Both are correct.)
For PLURAL NOUNS ending in “s”, you add (‘) at the end to show possession. In other words, when MORE THAN ONE person/thing owns something, you use (‘). The object they own can be singular or plural.
- The parents’ car.
(In this example, “parents” is the plural form of “parent.”)
- The boys’ cats.
(In this example, “boys” is the plural form of “boy.”)
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