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possession Possessive Nouns
In English we show ownership or possession by adding an apostrophe s ('s) to the noun.
When a noun ends in double s (ss), the possessive is formed by merely adding an apostrophe
after the final s (ss').

         Examples: Maggie's reports; Peter's work schedule; Jorge's children; the boss' retirement dinner

Plural Nouns
Most nouns are made plural by adding s (no apostrophe) to the end of the noun.
         Examples: account - accounts, worker - workers, bill - bills

If the plural of the word is pronounced [ez], a noun is made plural by adding es.
         Examples: church - churches, box - boxes, dress - dresses

Nouns that end in y are usually made plural by dropping the y and replacing it with ies.
          Examples: army - armies, baby - babies, family - families

Some nouns have irregular plural formations.
          Examples: man - men, woman - women, child - children

When multi-word nouns are made plural, the s is usually added to the first word in the phrase.
           Examples:

  • sister-in-law - sisters-in-law (It's the sisters that are plural, not the law.)
  • box of toner - boxes of toner (It's boxes of toner, not toners you want more of.)

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