Using apostrophes to show possession

Home learning focus

To understand how and when to use apostrophes to show possession.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand possessive apostrophes

  • three activities

Learn

A possessive apostrophe shows that something belongs to or is connected to something else.

Watch this clip to learn how to use possessive apostrophes.

Learn how to use possessive apostrophes.

Singular nouns

A singular noun is a noun referring to just one person or thing.

For example: Cat

When you want to show that something belongs to that person or thing, you add a possessive apostrophe and an s.

For example: The cat's tail was fluffy.

's shows that the tail belongs to the cat.

Top tip

If a singular noun already ends in s, you don't need to add another s. You can just add an apostrophe at the end.

For example: Charles' cat was naughty.

Plural nouns ending in s

Plural nouns refer to more than one person or thing.

For example: Brothers

To show possession when the noun is plural and already ends in s, you just add an apostrophe to the end of the word. You don't need to add an extra s.

For example:

The brothers' feet were muddy.

The girls' bathroom was a mess.

Watch this video to revise apostrophes for possession.

Focus on the words that are highlighted in pink.

Learn more about using apostrophes.

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Complete this activity by rewriting the sentence.

Top tip!

Decide whether the noun is singular or plural so you know where to put the apostrophe.

Activity 2

Complete the Possessive Apostrophes activity sheets.

You can either print out the activity sheet or write your sentences on a piece of paper.

Top tip!

The items in the sentences only belong to one person.

Possessive Apostrophes activity sheet

Activity 3

Complete the Possessive Plural Nouns activity sheet.

You can either print out the activity sheet or write your answers on a piece of paper.

Top tip!

When using possessive apostrophes with plural nouns, add the apostrophe after the s.

For example: The boys' classroom was neat and tidy.

Possessive Plural Nouns activity sheet

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