Apostrophes (To Show Possession)
The dog's doghouse. Use apostrophes in this way to denote a doghouse belonging to a dog.

Apostrophes (To Show Possession)

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The apostrophe of possession shows 'belonging', e.g. the house belonging to Ryan = Ryan's house. Use this to shorten phrases; just add -'s to most singular nouns.

Try our English quiz on Apostrophes of Possession to sharpen your mind.

1.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
The milk belonging to the cat.
The cats milk
The cat's milk
The cats' milk
The cats's milk
More examples: the dog's bone / the bird's nest
2.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
Belonging to Birmingham.
Birminghams
Birmingham's
Birminghams'
Birminghams's
More examples: Brighton's / London's / Truro's
3.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
Belonging to the boy.
Boys
Boy's
Boys'
Boys's
More examples: belonging to the man = man's
4.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
Belonging to Jack.
Jack is
Jacks
Jack's
Jacks'
More examples: Julie's / Ben's / Samir's / Chang's
5.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
The book belonging to Mark.
Marks book
Mark's book
Marks' book
Marks's book
More examples: Peter's bag / Anna's pen
6.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
Belonging to the dog.
Dogs
Dog's
Dogs'
Dogs's
Dogs' means belonging to more than one dog
7.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
Belonging to it.
It is
Its
It's
Its'
No apostrophe needed. Remember it's = it is
8.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
The car belonging to the manager.
The managers car
The manager's car
The managers' car
The managers's car
Examples: the sales assistant's tea / the cook's cup
9.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
Belonging to whom?
Who's?
Whos'?
Whose?
Whose's?
No apostrophe. Remember: who's = who is!
10.
Choose the correct answer for the following phrase.
The shopping basket belonging to Mum.
Mum' shopping basket
Mom's shopping basket
Mums' shopping basket
Moms shopping' basket
More examples: Uncle Jim's paper / Elke's watch
Author:  Sue Daish

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