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Possessive Nouns

You can think of most possessive nouns as name tags on suitcases. The name tag tells who owns the suitcase. In the same way, the possessive form of a noun shows ownership or possession. The possessive form usually answers the question, “whose”.

For example: Rachel’s house, the kitten’s fur, Henry’s watch.

The possessive form, however, does not always denote possession. Sometimes it is used to denote authorship, origin, etc.

For example: Shakespeare’s plays, a mother’s love, an umbrella’s protection.

The possessive case is generally used with living things.


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