What are some possessive nouns?

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Your Dictionary gives some examples of possessive nouns, such as Katherine's, kitten's, horses' and Lucy's. All of these nouns show that someone or something owns, or possesses, an object.

One of the ways to create a possessive noun is simply to add an apostrophe and an "s" to the end of a word. When a group of things or people owns something, such as a group of horses, the apostrophe is added after the "s" that indicates a plural noun.

When making a hyphenated noun possessive, one needs to add an apostrophe and an "s" to the last word. For instance, to show ownership of a father-in-law, the person creating the possessive form must add an apostrophe and an "s" after the word "law."

When a pair that has an "and" joining it, such as Jack and Jill, needs to show ownership, the apostrophe and "s" is added to the last person's name. It looks like "Jack and Jill's bucket."

When a pair of nouns is in a sentence but both need to show ownership, the apostrophe and "s" are added to both of the nouns in the pair. An example sentence looks like this: The pig's and cow's meals were set out in the morning by the farmer.

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