Apart from the most known types of nouns, possessive nouns are another type of nouns. Since this is the lesser-known type of noun, children often get confused. The best way to develop their concepts is by giving them a possessive nouns worksheet for practice. The worksheets designed by BYJU’S help the primary class students to develop a basic understanding of possessive nouns. There are several free possessive nouns worksheets that parents can download for their children’s practice.
What are Possessive Nouns?
How to explain students possessive nouns so that they can understand them? This question might have bothered many parents and teachers. The best way to explain what possessive nouns mean is by defining the term ‘possessive’. The term possessive means words that denote/show who or what the thing or person belongs to. Similarly, possessive nouns refer to those nouns that denote ownership or possession of something by adding ‘s at the end of the noun. For example, “Sam’s dog ran away”. Here, Sam’s is the possessive noun as it is his dog that ran away.
Rules for Possessive Nouns
Possessive nouns are more than just adding an apostrophe or ‘s at the end of a noun. There are specific grammatical rules that need to be followed while solving possessive nouns worksheet. If the children learn about these rules, it will help them to solve the worksheet quickly.
- If the noun is in singular form, then the apostrophe + s ( ‘s) will be placed at the end of the noun. For example, a child’s toy, boy’s book, lady’s purse etc.
- If the noun is in plural form, then the apostrophe will be placed at the end of the noun. For example, trees’ branches, matches’ results, dogs’ food etc.
- If the pronoun “it” is used to show possession, then s is added to the end without the apostrophe. For example, “The dog is waiting for its food”.
- In the case of hyphenated words or compound words, the apostrophe + is added to the end of the last hyphenated words or compound words. For example, “That is my brother-in-law’s car” or “It is my grandfather’s birthday”.
- In the case of multiple nouns sharing possession, the apostrophe + s is added at the end of the last group of nouns. For example, “Romeo and Juliet’s love story is known far and wide”.
- In the case of multiple nouns that share possession separately, then the apostrophe + s is added at the end of all the nouns that show possession. For example, “Sam’s and Rony’s parents were called by the principal.”
Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs)
What are possessive nouns?
Possessive nouns are those nouns that denote ownership or possession. For example, “It is the cat’s bed”.
Where to find a possessive nouns worksheet?
BYJU’S has multiple free possessive nouns worksheets that are easily accessible and can be downloaded free by parents/teachers for children’s practice.