( 10) POSSESSION
There are three kinds of Possession: Possessive Nouns, Possessive Adjectivesand Possessive Pronouns.
§ Possessive Nouns
Nouns that show possession are called Possessive Nouns. Possessive Nouns are formed:
§ 1. By adding an apostrophe (‘s) to singular nouns and plural nouns not ending in s;
Example: my father's car; the children's toys
§ 2. By adding an apostrophe (‘) to plural nouns ending in s;
Example: the boys' bicycles
§ 3. By using ‘of the' with names of non-living things.
Example: the roof of the house.
§ Possessive Adjectives
Adjectives that show possession are called Possessive Adjectives. Adjectivessuch as ‘my' and ‘his' are used before nouns such as ‘school' and ‘bicycle' to showpossession. Such adjectives are examples of Possessive Adjectives.
Example: ‘This is my school' and ‘That is his bicycle'.
§ Possessive Pronouns
Pronouns that show possession are called Possessive Pronouns. Words like ‘mine' and ‘yours' are pronouns and as they show possession, they are known asPossessive Pronouns.
Example: ‘This is my car. It is mine' and ‘That is your van. It is yours'.