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Nouns 13 - Possessive Nouns
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Nouns 13 - Possessive Nouns

We have learnt that nouns are parts of speech that are fundamental to learning English. We have also learnt that nouns come in different forms and types. We have seen how nouns can be classified into different types such as common nouns, proper nouns, collective nouns, abstract nouns, concrete nouns, countable nouns and uncountable nouns. We have also seen how nouns can be converted into adjectives. Yet another property of nouns is the fact that some nouns double up as verbs. In this quiz we look at another type known as the possessive nouns.

Since nouns name places, persons, objects, things and ideas it may be necessary to relate a person with an object. For instance, ‘man’ is a common noun and it describes a person. ‘Pen’ is also a common noun and it describes an object. If the pen belongs to the man, one way of saying it is ‘the pen belongs to the man’. Is there another way of saying it? Yes! Try ‘the man’s pen’. Here ‘man’s’ is referred to as a possessive noun.

A possessive noun is a noun used to indicate ownership. The rule to signify a possessive noun is to put an apostrophe at the end of the word followed by the letter ‘s’. For plural words ending in 's' an apostrophe after the 's' is used. Take care to see that you use the apostrophe on the person for whom the possession must be shown!

Be careful not to get confused while using ITS and IT’S. Though IT’S has an apostrophe, it is not used in the possessive form but used as a shortened form of IT IS. The possessive form is actually ITS. For instance, ‘the cat drank ITS milk from the bowl’ is correct and not ‘the cat drank IT’S milk from the bowl.’

Learn all about possessive nouns in the quiz that follows.

1.
"I have one brother and my --- birthday is next week." Which possessive noun best fills the gap?
Brother's
Brother
Brothers
Brothers'
Here, 'brother' is singular and we use 's for the possessive noun
2.
"I have two brothers and my --- birthdays are in November and December." Which possessive noun best fills the gap?
Brothers
Brother's
Brothers's
Brothers'
Here, 'brothers' is the plural of 'brother' and we use only an apostrophe (') at the end of the s to form the possessive noun
3.
"Both the --- studs came off." Which possessive noun best fills the gap?
Boots
Boots'
Boot's
Boots's
Since we are using 'both', we have to refer to 'boot' in the plural form and hence we use only an apostrophe (') after the 's' in 'boots'
4.
"The colour of the --- tie is red." Which possessive noun best fills the gap?
Men
Men's'
Man's
Mans
Looking at the sentence we know that 'is' refers to a singular noun and hence 'man's' is the correct answer
5.
"The --- ties are red." Which possessive noun best fills the gap?
Men's
Men'
Man
Man's
Looking at the sentence we know that 'are' refers to a plural noun and hence 'men's' is the correct answer. Remember, the plural of 'man' is 'men' and we use 'men's' for the plural possesive noun. The use of only an apostrophe (') for plural forms is when the plural ends in an 's' such as 'dogs'
6.
Which of the 4 options below is correct?
He is very fond of chocolates and biscuits.
He is very fond of chocolate's and biscuits.
He is very fond of chocolates and biscuit's.
He is very fond of chocolates' and biscuits'.
Looking at the context of the sentence there is no possessive component and hence the sentence is correct without any apostrophe
7.
Which of the 4 options below is correct?
Unlike my mom’s pancakes, your sisters pancake's are thinner.
Unlike my mom’s pancakes, your sisters pancake's are thinner.
Unlike my moms' pancake's, your sister's pancakes' are thinner.
Unlike my mom’s pancakes, your sister's pancakes are thinner.
Since we are talking of possessive nouns we need to check whose possession. We know that possession is for the mom and the sister and hence the apostrophe is to be considered for them and not for the pancakes
8.
Which of the 4 options below is correct?
My sisters pancake's thickness is less than 0.5 centimetres.
My sister's pancakes thickness' is less than 0.5 centimetres.
My sister's pancake's thickness is less than 0.5 centimetres.
My sisters pancakes thickness is less than 0.5 centimetres.
Here you use an apostrophe for both nouns as you are answering the question 'whose thickness' and 'whose pancake'
9.
Which of the 4 options below is correct?
While I like a roses colour he loves a roses smell.
While I like a rose's colour he loves' a rose's smell.
While I like a rose's colour he loves a roses smell.
While I like a rose's colour he loves a rose's smell.
Here the noun is 'rose' and we are describing its colour and smell. Hence we need the possessive noun for 'rose'. In this sentence 'love' is a verb
10.
Which of the 4 options below is correct?
The book was damaged with its cover page ripped off, while the inner pages were intact.
The book was damaged with it's cover page ripped off, while the inner pages were intact.
The book was damaged with its cover page ripped off, while the inner page's were intact.
The book was damaged with its cover page ripped off, while the inner pages' were intact.
Do not get confused with 'its' and 'it's'. The possessive form of 'it' is 'its' and not 'it's'. Actually, 'it's' is the short form of 'it is'
Author:  V T Narendra

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