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Possessive Nouns. Project LA Activity. Possessive nouns are used to show possession (owning, or having). The dog's collar is too large. The word "dog's" is the possessive noun. It tells you that the noun "collar" belongs to the dog. The dog owns, or possesses the collar.

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possessive nouns

Possessive Nouns

Project LA Activity

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The dog's collar is too large.

The word "dog's" is the possessive noun. It tells you that the noun "collar" belongs to the dog. The dog owns, or possesses the collar.

Add 's to the end of a singular noun to make it possessive.

the sky s color is changing
The sky's color is changing.
  • sky + 's
  • Add 's to the end of a plural noun that does not end with an s.
we saw the children s snowman
We saw the children's snowman.
  • children + 's
  • Add only the apostrophe (') to the end of a plural noun that ends with an s.
my sisters names are kate and nikki
My sisters' names are Kate and Nikki.
  • sisters + '
  • Optional: If the noun is singular and ends with an s, add 's oradd only the apostrophe (').
the bus s engine stopped the bus engine stopped
The bus's engine stopped. The bus' engine stopped.
  • Note: Most sources recommend the shorter version if the ending "iz" sound is not wanted.
can you find the noun in each sentence that should be possessive write it correctly on your paper
Can you find the noun in each sentence that should be possessive? Write it correctly on your paper.
how did you do
How did you do?
  • For more practice, print and complete the online worksheet.
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