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To Show Possession 

To Show Possession


Cheryl Iverson

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To Show Possession

Use the apostrophe to show the possessive case of proper nouns in accordance with the following examples (see also 16.2, Eponyms, Nonpossessive Form):

Jones' bones (1 person named Jones)

the Joneses' bones (2 or more people named Jones)

If a singular or plural word does not end in s, add 's to form the possessive.

a child’s wants

men’s concerns

women’s health

everyone’s answer

If a proper noun or name ends in a silent s, z, or x, form the possessive by adding 's.

Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast

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