Spelling/Grammar- Possessives (for Wed., April 13)

Possessives show possession, or ownership. To spell the possessive of a singular noun, add an apostrophe and an “s”. To spell the possessive of plural nouns ending in s, add an apostrophe after the s. If the plural noun does not end in an s, add both the apostrophe and an “s”.

We have been working on sentences in class and some students are having a hard time with this concept and are wanting to write a sentence such as, “The coaches are fun.” What we are looking at, however, is ownership, so students need to think of something that belongs to this specific person. For example, “The coaches’ jerseys are yellow and red.”

  1. coach’s (1 coach)
  2. coaches’ (belongs to more than one coach)
  3. director’s (1 director)
  4. directors’ (belongs to more than one director)
  5. player’s (1 player)
  6. players’ (belongs to more than one player)
  7. roommate’s (1 roommate)
  8. roommates’ (belongs to more than one roommate)
  9. student’s (1 student)
  10. students’ (belongs to more than one student)


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