TOEIC: Possessive ‘s

shutterstock_24057424This week in the TOEIC practice blog, we are focusing on the possessive ‘s, used to show possession of objects of singular and plural nouns.  Take a look at the rules below and see if you can complete the quiz at the end of the blog to test your knowledge of this topic.

When we want to show that something belongs to somebody or something, we usually add ‘s to a singular noun and an apostrophe ‘ to a plural noun, for example:

  • the boy’s ball (one boy)
  • the boys’ ball (two or more boys)

Notice that the number of balls does not matter. The structure is influenced by the possessor and not the possessed.  Some other examples include:

  • my brother’s favourite movie (one brother)
  • my brothers’ favourite movie (two or more brothers)

You can also use ‘s after more than one name or noun like in the example below:

  • Kathryn and Adam’s wedding (not “Kathryn’s and Adam’s wedding”)

However, we normally do not ‘s for objects and ideas:

  • the name of the movie (not “the movie’s name”)
  • the beginning of the week (not “the week’s beginning”)



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