POSSESSIVE NOUNS Apostrophes are little marks of punctuation, but they can have a big effect on meaning. Let’s Look!! These old bags in the corner are my grandmothers. (Say what??) Is this what you mean?? No!! Plural noun LET’S KEEP TALKING! Those old bags in the corner are my grandmother’s. That’s more like it…Possessive noun RULES, RULES, RULES… 1. To form the possessive of a singular noun, simply add ‘s The monster’s nose The ant’s antennas RULE #2 If a noun is plural and ends in s, just add an apostrophe at the end of the word. The monsters’ noses The ants’ antennas RULE #3 If a noun is plural and does not end in s, add ‘s at the end of the word. The children’s candy The mice’s whiskers LET’S SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW!!! Write each word with an apostrophe mistake in its correct form by either adding or taking out an apostrophe. If the sentence is correct, write C. CRAZY LITTLE APOSTROPHES #1 Are Mr.Potato Heads kids called tater tots? ANSWER #1 Are Mr.Potato Head’s kids called tater tots? CRAZY LITTLE APOSTROPHES #2 Why aren’t ducks bills called bobs? ANSWER #2 Why aren’t ducks’ bills called bobs? CRAZY LITTLE APOSTROPHES # 3 Some fleas fangs cause pain when they stick into skinny peoples veins. ANSWER # 3 Some fleas’ fangs cause pain when they stick into skinny people’s veins. CRAZY LITTLE APOSTROPHES # 4 Norman and Broomhilda’s poodle is an amazing tap dancer. ANSWER # 4 C It’s correct! I CAN STATEMENTS ~ I Can… *Identify plural nouns! *Identify singular possessive nouns! *Identify plural possessive nouns! Yes, you can!! REFERENCE Campbell, Cathy. The Giggly Guide to Grammar. Shoreham, VT: Discover Writing, 2008.