Plural and Possessive Nouns


Written by: Kelsey

Hello! My name is Kelsey. I am originally from the United States but now live in India. In 2014 I graduated with a Bachelors in Arts. The following year I spent teaching English as a second language to both first and second school students. Most recently these past two years I have tutored ESL students individually as opposed to the large classroom I encountered my first-year teaching. Watching students improve their skills and learn to grow makes teaching the most rewarding job. It is a joy to see my students make progress and come to class with the enthusiasm to learn.

안녕하세요. 저는 Kelsey라고 합니다. 저는 미국에서 태어나 지금은 인도에서 지내고 있어요. 2014년 저는 대학에서 미술 전공으로 졸업을 했습니다. 이듬해에 저는 1학년과 2학년 학생들에게 제2외국어로써 영어를 가르쳤습니다. 큰 교실에서 학생들을 가르쳤던 첫 1년과는 다르게 최근 2년 동안은 ESL 학생 한 명 한 명의 과외 수업을 해오고 있습니다. .학생들의 발전을 옆에서 지켜보는 것은 정말 보람된 일입니다. 제가 가르치는 학생들이 배움에 대한 열정을 가지고 교실로 와서 발전하는 모습은 저에게 기쁨이랍니다.

你好!我是Kelsey. 我生在美国,目前住在印度。2014年我取得了艺术学士的学位。在接下来的一年我开始教授一二年级学生的英语。跟第一年大课堂教学比起来,最近两年来我专注于一对一的英语教学。学生的能力提升和学习进步使教学成为了最有价值的工作。看到我的学生取得进步,带着学习的热情来上课,我感到很高兴。

¡Hola!! Mi nombre es Kelsey. Soy de los Estados Unidos pero actualmente vivo en La India. En el 2014 obtuve mi título de grado en Artes. Un año más tarde estuve enseñando inglés como lengua extranjera para alumnos de primer y segundo grado de primaria. Más recientemente, en estos dos últimos años, he hecho tutorías individuales para los alumnos de “ESL” a diferencia del gran aula de clases en el que estuve trabajando mi primer año como profesora. Ver a los estudiantes mejorar sus habilidades y aprender para crecer hace que la enseñanza sea el trabajo más gratificante de todos. Es una alegría ver a mis alumnos progresar y venir a clase con entusiasmo para aprender.




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 

flower -flowers

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. 


dice’s roll 

people’s ideas

children’s toys 

geese’s eggs 

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Love, Kelsey

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