THE GENITIVE FORM We use the genitive ’s to express possession (of nouns). This s is preceded by an apostrophe, e.g. Romy’s mother. Type of word
My teacher’s name is Miss Jones.
Plural nouns and words ending in -s
My grandparents’ only son
Names ending in -s – Most names – Classical or religious names
+ ‘s +‘
Charles’s friend. Jesus’ name.
Irregular plural nouns
The children’s parents
Keep in mind: – If there are multiple nouns, add ’s only to the last noun. e.g. Peter and John’s mother is a teacher. – An apostrophe is never used to make the plural of a noun in English!
one hundred and eighty-eight
W HO'S W HO?