Advanced (plural) possession | The Apostrophe | Punctuation | Khan Academy | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

Learn how to use apostrophes for plural possession, including irregular plurals and family names ending in "S."

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Questions & Answers

Q: When do we use apostrophe, S, for plural possession?

Apostrophe, S is used for singular possessive nouns, meaning when one person, thing, or animal owns something. For example, the dog's bone.

Q: How do we express plural possession without using apostrophe, S?

Plural possession is expressed by adding an apostrophe after the plural noun. For example, five dogs' bones.

Q: What about irregular plural nouns like mice or men?

Irregular plurals still require apostrophe, S for possession. For example, the mice's cheese or the men's section.

Q: How are family names with "S" at the end made plural in possessive form?

Family names ending in "S" become plural by adding "ES" at the end. For example, the Burnses' house or the Joneses' car.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Plural possession involves using apostrophes when more than one person, thing, or animal owns something.

  • Apostrophe, S, is used for singular possessive nouns, while plural possessive nouns that end in "S" only require an apostrophe.

  • Irregular plurals, like men, women, and mice, still require apostrophe, S for possession, while family names ending in "S" can be made plural by adding "ES" and then using an apostrophe for possession.

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