Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Possessive rules, part of Grammar Fundamentals.
Possession in general shows ownership, …belonging to someone or something. …The umbrella belonging to Martha is in the closet. …The office belonging to Frank is being remodeled. …We would probably write those as …Martha's umbrella and Frank's office. …The apostrophe and the S identify that ownership. …Now let's look at five situations …that might cause ownership confusion. …First, be certain the possession is necessary …rather than just plural. …The cats and the dogs were separated …into groups at the events. …In this example, cats, dogs, groups, …and events are all plural. …Nothing's being owned, just multiples of each. …So, the first question is always plural or possessive. …Next, which is correct if there is ownership? …The boy's bicycles were stolen: b-o-y's or b-o-y-s'? …The correct answer is, it depends …on what the writer means. …The first, b-o-y's, is correct if only one boy is involved. …The boy's bicycles were stolen. …That's called singular possession. …Always look at what is before the apostrophe. …
- Why does grammar matter?
- Diagramming sentences
- Understanding pronouns
- Working with adjectives and adverbs
- Making sentences parallel
- Deciding when to use active and passive voice
- Using commas correctly
- Practicing grammar rules
Skill Level Beginner
1. Overview of Grammar
2. The Parts of Speech
3. Common Problems
Practicing the grammar rules1m 46s
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