2.1 Nouns, Pronouns, and Agreement

This book covers the lesson relating to nouns, pronouns, and agreement.

Make Nouns Possessive

Example

photo of a children's hospital

In which sentence are the possessive nouns correct?

(1) A charity auction and a supporters’ generous contribution paid for a new wing of the childrens’ hospital.
(2) The auction’s most expensive item was tickets to the president’s inauguration party.

Answer

Sentence (2) is correct. Auction and president are singular nouns, so adding an apostrophe and -s is correct. In sentence (1), a supporter is singular, so the possessive should be supporter’s. Also, children is a plural noun that doesn’t end in -s, so the possessive should be children’s.