Nouns – Plural and Possessive

Grade 3 students have been learning about plural and possessive forms of nouns. They would like to share the following information with you.

What is a noun? A noun is a word used to identify people, places, or things (common noun), or to name something or someone (proper noun). An example of a common noun would be a tree or a book. An example of a proper noun would be someone’s name, John or Mary or the name of a place like IST or Tanzania.

Plural Nouns
When you have more than one of something the noun becomes plural. So a tree becomes many trees or a box becomes a few boxes. To make a noun plural you have to add an s or es to the end of the word. Click here to see some rules that will help you know which to use.

Possessive Nouns

Singular Possessive
When a singular noun shows ownership or possession you need to add an apostrophe and s (‘s) to the end of the word.
Example: That is Jack’s pencil.

Plural Possessive
If a noun is plural and ends with the letter s you use an apostrophe (‘) at the end to form the possessive.
Example: The students’ homework sheets are on the desk.
If the noun is plural and doesn’t end with an s just add an apostrophe and s (‘s) to form the possessive.
Example: The women’s hats are hanging in the closet.

Practice using Possessive Nouns:
Possessive Noun Play – Play against a friend using possessive nouns
Exploring for Possessives – Explore using possessive nouns
Spelling City – Possessive Nouns – practice spelling possessive nouns
Possessive Noun Quiz – Test your knowledge of singular and plural possessive nouns


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