Possessive Pronouns & Apostrophes


If a one syallable noun is plural do you add 's or just '

asked Feb 05 '14 at 16:28 Adriel New member

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Your subject line is altogether different than your question, so I will address both.

You do not ever use an apostrophe to make a noun plural.  It does not matter how many syllables the noun has.  Here are some examples using words with one to five syllables.

Cat – cats
Glass -  glasses
Kitchen – kitchens
Potato – potatoes
Refrigerator – refrigerators
University – universities


An apostrophe is used to make a noun possessive. 

The cat’s toy
The refrigerator’s temperature


There are many possessive pronouns. They are: his, hers, its, theirs, ours, yours, and whose.  Note that none of these use an apostrophe. 


link answered Feb 05 '14 at 18:33 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

The Grammarly Handbook is a useful tool in most cases. However, their page on possessive pronouns & the apostrophe is difficult to understand. Here is a link to a page that describes the usage of the apostrophe: http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp

Patty TFeb 05 '14 at 18:36

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You never add 's to make a noun plural. You would just add s.

one boy, two boys.


To make a plural noun that ends in an s possessive, add an apostrophe.

The boys' team lost the final game.

link comment answered Feb 05 '14 at 20:46 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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