Cedar Sign FAQ : Use of the Apostrophe

Should I use 'S or S'?

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1. Use an Apostrophe with s for Possessives of Singular Nouns
Use an apostrophe plus s to show the possessive form of a singular noun, even if that singular noun already ends in s:


Harold's crayon
my daughter's First Communion
Sylvia Plath's poetry
Dylan Thomas's poetry
today's weather report
the boss's problem
Star Jones's talk show
Victoria Beckham's husband


2. Use an Apostrophe Without s for Possessives of Most Plural Nouns
To form the possessive of a plural noun that already ends in s, add an apostrophe:


the girls' swing set (the swing set belonging to the girls)
the students' projects (the projects belonging to the students)
the Johnsons' house (the house belonging to the Johnsons)
If the plural noun does not end in -s, add an apostrophe plus -s:
the women's conference (the conference belonging to the women)
the children's toys (the toys belonging to the children)
the men's training camp (the training camp belonging to the men)


3. Use an Apostrophe with s When Two or More Nouns Possess the Same Thing
When two or more nouns possess the same thing, add an apostrophe plus s to the last noun listed:


Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Emma and Nicole's school project (Emma and Nicole worked together on the same project)
When two or more nouns separately possess something, add an apostrophe to each noun listed:
Tim's and Marty's ice cream (Each boy has his own ice cream.)
Emma's and Nicole's school projects (Each girl has her own project.)


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