A plural possessive noun shows possession or ownership of a plural noun. Example: The cars that belong to the teachers are parked here.
The teachers’ cars are parked here.
When a plural noun ends in s, add only an apostrophe after the s to make the noun show possession.
Not all plural nouns end in s. When a plural noun does not end in s, add ‘s to form the plural possession.
Examples: the shoes of the men – the men’s shoes
The food of the children – the children’s food
The noun following a possessive noun may either be the name of a thing or a quality.
Example: Thing – Koki’s raincoat
Quality – the judge’s fury
Change the following phrases to show possession in a shorter way.
Example: The claws of the leopard, the leopard’s claws.
- the tail of the lion
- the dog that Cliff has
- the hat of my mother
- the book that Evans owns
- the pot that the child has
- the name of the doll
- the mobile phone that Lucy owns
- the shoes that Mike has
- the teeth that the fox has
- the rabbit that my friend owns
Summary of rules of forming Possessive Nouns
- For singular a noun, add an apostrophe and s.
Example: Mr. Joseph’s car is a Toyota Corolla.
- For plural a noun ending in s, add an apostrophe only.
Example: The victim’s property was stolen
- For a plural noun that does not end in s, add an apostrophe and s.
Example: The women’s boots were muddy.
Singular Noun Singular possessive Plural Noun Plural possessive
boy boy’s boys boys’
child child’s children children’s
mouse mouse’s mice mice’s
deer deer’s deer deer’s
Exercise 9 Write the following phrases to show possession.
Example: teachers – pens = teachers’ pens
- Cooks – aprons 6. Women – sports
- Men – boots 7. Carpenters – nails
- Countries – flags 8. Sailors – uniforms
- Guests – coats 9. Musicians – instruments
- Athletes – medal 10. Neighbours – pets
Rewrite the following sentences changing the BOLD words to plural possessive nouns.
Example: The players on the teams practiced after school.
The team’s players practiced after school.
- Each day the wealth of the couple increased.
- There was a team of men and a team of women.
- The uniforms that the teams were new.
- Numbers were printed on the shirts of the athletes
- Scores made by the team-mates were put on the scoreboard.
- The players enjoyed the cheers of their friends.
- The whistles of the coaches stopped the game.
- The eyes of the children were full of tears of joy.
- The soothing voices of their mothers calmed them.
- However, the houses belonging to their neighbours were destroyed.
Answers on Nouns
- students, party Answers on Nouns
- boys, songs
- Excitement, air
- Joyce Chepkemoi, prize
- Otieno, house, street
- candle – thing 5. guitar – thing
- wrestler – person 6. China – place
- joy – idea 7. hatred – idea
- Menengai Crater – place 8. Masanduku arap Simiti – person
- musicians, drums, trumpets
- family, village
- Petronilla, trip
- festival, Kenyatta University
- people, costumes, streets
- Boys, Scouts, sniforms, parade
- holiday, excitement
- Taxi, family, airport
- Maryanne, castle, sand
- mother, water
Proper nouns Common nouns
Kendu Bay crocodiles
John Hopkins student
East Africa day
- Proper – Lucky Dube
Common – singer
- Proper – London, Paris
Common – dancer
- Proper – Mediterranean sea
Common – flight
- Proper – Second World War
Common – nurse
- Common – goal, students, world
- Proper – Europe
Common – accident
- Proper – Bill Gates, Microsoft
- Common – pilot, woman, ocean
- Common – kettle, water
- Proper – Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize
- tooth – teeth 9. cliffs 17. moose 25. bosses
- wives 10. deer 18. children 26. foxes
- giraffes 11. cliff 19. echoes 27. bunches
- heroes 12. autos 20. babies 28. ferries
- radios 13. studios 21. skies 29. flashes
- potatoes 14. men 22. beaches 30. ships
- beliefs 15. roofs 23. eyes
- thieves 16. rodeos 24. volcanoes/volcanos
- knives 6. children
- potatoes 7. mice
- geese 8. roofs
- shelves 9. stories
- tomatoes 10. activities
- the lion’s tail
- Cliff’s dog
- my mother’s hat
- Evan’s book
- the child’s pet
- the doll’s name
- Lucy’s mobile phone
- Kimani’s shoes
- the fox’s teeth
- my friend’s rabbit
- cook’s aprons 6. women’s sports
- men’s boots 7. carpenter’s nails
- countries’ flags 8. sailors’ uniforms
- guests’ coats 9. musicians’ instruments
- athlete’s medals 10. neighbours’ pets
- The couple’s wealth
- a men’s team, a women’s team
- The teams’ uniforms
- the athletes’ shirts
- The team-mates’ scores
- their friends’ cheers
- The coaches’ whistles
- The children’s eyes
- Their mothers’ soothing voices
- their neighbours’ house