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Apostrophes with Plural Possessive Nouns

Using Apostrophes with Plural Possessive Nouns

Apostrophes with Plural Possessive Nouns

Apostrophes with Plural Possessive Nouns     

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Common Core Language Standard 2

When we want to show shared ownership or control of something or somethings, we use plural possessives. To show a plural possessive, we use the apostrophe. Unfortunately, we do have some irregular plural possessive nouns to memorize.

Today’s mechanics lesson is on apostrophes with plural possessive nouns. Remember that a possessive shows ownership and that a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.

Now let’s read the mechanics lesson and study the examples.

To form a plural possessive noun, place an apostrophe after the plural ending (usually “_s,” “_es,” or “_ves”). Examples: the Lees’ dog, kids’ hobbies, churches’ windows, wives’ addresses

Add an apostrophe then an s to an irregular plural noun. Examples: women’s, children’s

When family names ending in a /z/ sound are used as plural possessives, just add on the apostrophe at the end of the plural name and pronounce as /zes/. Don’t use an apostrophe when the family name is simply used as a plural. Example: The Feliz’ cars are at the Sanchezes.

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to mechanics lesson.

Practice: The wive’s dinner at the Jones’ place, followed by dessert at the Martins, showed off the women’s best recipes.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Mechanics Practice Answers: The wives’ dinner at the Jones’ place, followed by dessert at the Martins, showed off the women’s best recipes.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentences using a regular and irregular plural possessive noun.

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