Plural and possessive nouns might look similar, but they have very different meanings. A noun is simply a person, place, or thing a plural noun indicates that there is more than one. We usually add an -s to the end of the noun to make it plural.
cup – cups
phone – phones
book – books
There are some nouns that we do not add an “s” at the end, these are irregular nouns and we simply have to learn their spelling and pronunciation.
child – children
woman – women
mouse – mice
goose – geese
A possessive noun is one that shows ownership over something and is often recognized by the apostrophe + “s” at the end of the noun.
The cat’s food (the food is for the cat)
The tree’s leaves (the leaves from that tree)
The car’s breaks (the breaks on the car)
The apple’s taste (the taste of the apple)
When we wish to make a plural noun possessive, we typically drop the “s” after the apostrophe when the noun ends in an “s” or with an “ss” sound.
bears’ eyes (the eyes of many bears)
horses’ stables (the stables of the horses)
companies’ workers (the workers in many companies)
tables’ legs (the legs on many tables)
However, if the plural noun is irregular and does not end with an “s” the same rule applies as single possessive nouns, and an apostrophe + s is added.
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