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Apostrophes with Singular Possessive Nouns

Apostrophes with Singular Possessives

Single Possessives with Apostrophes

Apostrophes with Singular Possessive Nouns       

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Common Core Language Standard 2

The apostrophe is the punctuation mark that plays the most roles. It acts in contractions to signal deletions, such as in can’t to mean “get rid of the “o.” The apostrophe also acts as a single ending quotation mark with a quotation inside of a quotation, such as in “Their service is not ‘the best you can get’ as they say.” Lastly, the apostrophe serves as a possessive.

Today’s mechanics lesson is on using apostrophes with singular possessives.

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

A possessive noun shows ownership. To form a singular possessive noun, add on an apostrophe then an s (’s) to the end of the noun. For nouns ending in s, it is not necessary to add on another s after the apostrophe. Examples: Tim’s wallet, Doris’ purse

A singular possessive noun can also modify a gerund (a verb form ending in “ing” that serves as a noun). Example: Len’s training

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

Practice: Emma’s grilling and Charle’s hospitality made the barbecue a success.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Mechanics Practice Answers: Emma’s grilling and Charles’ hospitality made the barbecue a success.

Now let’s apply what we have learned.

Writing Application: Write your own sentences using a singular possessive noun and a singular possessive gerund.

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