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Possessive Nouns

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What are nouns?

Nouns name people, animals, places, things, and ideas. In English, there are different types or classes of nouns. In this lesson, you will learn about possessive nouns.

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What is a possessive noun?

Possessive nouns tell us who or what has or owns something. They answer the question Whose?
Recognizing possessive nouns is easy because they always show an apostrophe.

Look at the picture above. Goldie has three pets: a turtle, a parrot and a sheep. They are Goldie's pets. Here the word Goldie's is a possessive noun. It is letting you know that the noun pets belongs to Goldie. Goldie owns the pets.

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Examples of possessive nouns

Look at the picture above. There is a parrot on the left, and there are some parts of its body on the right. For example, you can see the parrot's eye. The word parrot's is a possessive noun. Why? Because it shows possession. The eye belongs to the parrot.

To make a single noun possessive, simply add an apostrophe and an s. But there are a few more rules to follow. Learn how to make possessive nouns in English with our interactive lesson.


What are possessive nouns? How to form them in English? Do you add 's or just ' to the word? When to use of? Let's learn and practise English nouns!

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