Introduction to the possessive | The Apostrophe | Punctuation | Khan Academy | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

Possessives in English show ownership or possession and are often indicated by using an apostrophe or apostrophe s.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the purpose of possessives in English?

Possessives in English are used to show ownership or possession of something.

Q: How can possessives be indicated in a sentence?

Possessives are often indicated by using an apostrophe or apostrophe s, such as "the rabbit's carrot."

Q: Are possessives only used for common nouns?

No, possessives can also be used for proper nouns, such as people, countries, businesses, or movies.

Q: Are possessive pronouns formed the same way as possessives?

No, possessive pronouns, like "his" or "hers," do not require apostrophes to show possession.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Possessives in English indicate ownership or possession.

  • They are often formed by using an apostrophe or apostrophe s.

  • Possessive pronouns, such as his, hers, or theirs, do not require apostrophes.

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