What is a possessive apostrophe?

Apostrophes can be used to show that something belongs to something or someone else. This is called a possessive apostrophe because something is possessed (owned by).

Let's look at some examples:

1. The bear's paws were big.

We add the apostrophe and 's' to the word bear to show that the paws belong to the bear.

2. The singer's voice was high.

3. Borris's shoes were covered in mud.

Even though the name Borris already ends with the letter 's', we still need to add the apostrophe and 's' to show that the shoes belong to him.


For this set of activities, you will be asked to choose the possessive noun in the sentence.


What is the possessive noun in this sentence? Remember a noun is a name, place or thing.

The dog's bone was buried in the garden.

bone / dog's / garden

The correct answer is dog's