possessive form of the nouns:Hi can you help me with these excersie of possessive form of the nouns? I have to write a sentences using the possessive form of the nouns to each of the sentences...

possessive form of the nouns:

Hi can you help me with these excersie of possessive form of the nouns? I have to write a sentences using the possessive form of the nouns to each of the sentences below?

Mary owns a yellow car.
That book is from Arleen.
The hair of Jesus is black?
The suns in summers are very hot!

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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Ahhh. Possessive nouns. My favorite is the possessive pronoun, "its." This word confounds people of all ages. Because we add an apostrophe to a noun to make it possessive, people think that this rule works with the word "it." However, with an "s" on the end, it becomes a possessive pronoun, just like "his" or "hers" or "theirs." I always tell my students that it like a thermos or Disney cup: when you turn the lid, the straw pops out—it's built in. "It's" can only ever mean "it is." And sometimes when I use it, I have to stop and read the sentence substituting "it is" for "it's" to make sure I'm using it correctly. It doesn't hurt to check. I would be more embarrassed (mortified) if I used the wrong one. I know that sometimes we can make the mistake because we are rushing when we type or write, but I'd prefer not to mess that one up…and spell-check doesn't catch it!

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rcoats14 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Besides just knowing the answers, it's important to know how to correctly use appostrophes in the case of possessive nouns. 

Typical singular nouns use an apostrophe before the "s."  For example, "The dog's collar is blue."  In this sentence, there is one collar that belongs to the dogs.

Normal plural nouns use and apostrophe after the "s."  For example, "The horses' owner is filling the feed buckets."  In this sentence, there are multiple horses, but they all belong to the same owner.

In the case of irregular plural nouns such as children, men, women, and other plural nouns that do not end in "s," the apostrophe goes before the s.  For example, "The children's parents are making dinner."  In this case, there is more than one child, but the parents belong to all of them.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would add this reminder to help eliminate misplaced apostrophes. As a general rule, we never add an apostrophe and "s" to make a plural. One pencil, two pencils--no apostrophe. Should not be that difficult to remember or practice, but it is. 

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I cannot, in good faith, pass up a discussion over possessive forms without introducing it, its, and it's. I don't understand how this mistake can still be so common but it is. The possessive form of something belonging to an it is ALWAYS expressed without an apostrophe. For example: The dog licked ITS water dish. The ONLY time an apostrophe is used in it's is when it is being used as a contraction of it is. For example:IT'S a common mistake to use an apostrophe to show possession with it.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is Mary's car.
That is Arelene's book.

Is Jesus's hair black?
Summers' suns are very hot.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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For the first sentence, you could say something like

Mary's car is yellow.

For the second,

That book is Arlene's.

For the third,

Jesus's hair is black.

The fourth is a little less clear.  We would typically simply say

The summer sun is very hot.

However, if you want to use "summers" as a plural, you would say

The summers' suns are very hot.

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