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Chapter 27. Spelling Ace > 9/10th of the Law: Possessives - Pg. 314

Spelling Ace Note: Will + not = won't (not willn't ) is an exception to the contraction rule. 314 9/10th of the Law: Possessives Which sentence is better? 1. 2. The eye of an ostrich is bigger than its brain. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. Word Watch An apostrophe is used to show possession or ownership in nouns. It's door number two, you lucky contestant, because that sentence is less wordy. Notice that the second sentence uses an apostrophe (') to show possession (ownership). In this case, the posses- sion involves the ownership of an eye, but possession can involve the ownership of any item, idea, or personality traits. Write Angles Remember that possessive pronouns do not require an apostrophe. The possessive pronouns are yours, hers, its, ours, theirs, and whose. Follow these rules to create possessive nouns. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. With singular nouns, add an apostrophe and an s . Examples: Bozo, Bozo's nose With plural nouns ending is s, add an apostrophe after the s . Examples: swimmers, swimmers' ears With plural nouns not ending in s, add an apostrophe and an s . Examples: children, children's tempers To form the possessive of a compound noun, put an apostrophe and an s after the last word. Examples: brother-in-law's snazzy new car Don't confuse contractions with possessive pronouns. Here's the run-down: