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Know Your Apostrophes: Marking Possession 3

In this worksheet, students practise using apostrophes to mark possession for nouns with irregular plurals.

'Know Your Apostrophes: Marking Possession 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Possessive Apostrophes with Plurals

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

One of the uses of the apostrophe is to mark possession, which means who something belongs to.

for example:

the boys' tricycles = the tricycles belonging to the boys

 

The word boys is a plural noun (plural means 'more than one').

Most plural nouns end in 's', and we put the apostrophe after the 's'.

 

However, some plural nouns do not end in 's', such as men and children. In this case we put an apostrophe and then an 's'.

the children's books = the books belonging to the children

 

If something belongs to more than one named person we usually put the apostrophe and 's' after the last name in the list.

Jim and Jack's dog

Kate, Jo and Amy's house

Write the missing word to complete the phrase when the singular noun is changed to a plural noun.

(for example: the man's car becomes the men's car)

 

the child's toys

the __________ toys      (the toys belong to more than one child)

Write the missing word to complete the phrase when the singular noun is changed to a plural noun.

(for example: the man's car becomes the men's car)

 

the goat's field

the __________ field      (the field belongs to more than one goat)​

Write the missing word to complete the phrase when the singular noun is changed to a plural noun.

(for example: the man's car becomes the men's car)

 

the sheep's wool

the __________ wool      (the wool belongs to more than one sheep)

Write the missing word to complete the phrase when the singular noun is changed to a plural noun.

(for example: the man's car becomes the men's car)

 

the woman's coats

the __________ coats      (the coats belong to more than one woman)

For the next three questions you need to change the phrase to show possession by using an apostrophe.

(for example: change the motorbikes belonging to the men to the men's motorbikes)

 

the pens belonging to the girls

pens

 

Change the phrase to show possession by using an apostrophe (there's no need for a full stop at the end)

(for example: change the motorbikes belonging to the men to the men's motorbikes)

 

the puppy belonging to Jamila and Priya

puppy

Change the phrase to show possession by using an apostrophe. (there's no need for a full stop at the end)

(for example: change the motorbikes belonging to the men to the men's motorbikes)

 

the tent belonging to Jarred, Jayden and Tom

tent

The following sentence contains two apostrophes used to show possession. One is used correctly and one wrongly. Work out which one is wrong and write the correct version in the box.

 

Millie and Sara's kitten was playing with a toy mouse and trying to pull the mouses' tail off.

This time there are three apostrophes in the two sentences. Two are correct and one is wrong. Work out which one is wrong and write the correct version in the box.

 

The childrens' bicycles were painted blue. Katie's was light blue and her sister's was dark blue.

This time there are two apostrophes. One is correct and one is wrong. Work out which one is wrong and write the correct version in the box.

 

The womens' cars were parked outside Mrs Jackson's house.

  • Question 1

Write the missing word to complete the phrase when the singular noun is changed to a plural noun.

(for example: the man's car becomes the men's car)

 

the child's toys

the __________ toys      (the toys belong to more than one child)

CORRECT ANSWER
children's
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? 'The children's toys' is correct.
  • Question 2

Write the missing word to complete the phrase when the singular noun is changed to a plural noun.

(for example: the man's car becomes the men's car)

 

the goat's field

the __________ field      (the field belongs to more than one goat)​

CORRECT ANSWER
goats'
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe comes after the s, as we are talking about more than one goat.
  • Question 3

Write the missing word to complete the phrase when the singular noun is changed to a plural noun.

(for example: the man's car becomes the men's car)

 

the sheep's wool

the __________ wool      (the wool belongs to more than one sheep)

CORRECT ANSWER
sheep's
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'sheep' is the same in the singular and the plural!
  • Question 4

Write the missing word to complete the phrase when the singular noun is changed to a plural noun.

(for example: the man's car becomes the men's car)

 

the woman's coats

the __________ coats      (the coats belong to more than one woman)

CORRECT ANSWER
women's
EDDIE SAYS
'Woman' changes to 'women' if we are talking about more than one. The same as 'man' changes to 'men'.
  • Question 5

For the next three questions you need to change the phrase to show possession by using an apostrophe.

(for example: change the motorbikes belonging to the men to the men's motorbikes)

 

the pens belonging to the girls

pens

 

CORRECT ANSWER
the girls' pens
EDDIE SAYS
There is more than one girl here, so we put the apostrophe after the s.
  • Question 6

Change the phrase to show possession by using an apostrophe (there's no need for a full stop at the end)

(for example: change the motorbikes belonging to the men to the men's motorbikes)

 

the puppy belonging to Jamila and Priya

puppy

CORRECT ANSWER
Jamila and Priya's puppy
EDDIE SAYS
Oh, what a cute little one! This puppy belongs to Jamila and Priya so the apostrophe comes after the final name and before the s.
  • Question 7

Change the phrase to show possession by using an apostrophe. (there's no need for a full stop at the end)

(for example: change the motorbikes belonging to the men to the men's motorbikes)

 

the tent belonging to Jarred, Jayden and Tom

tent

CORRECT ANSWER
Jarred, Jayden and Tom's tent
EDDIE SAYS
This bright yellow tent belongs to Jarred, Jayden and Tom. The apostrophe goes after the last name in the list and before the s.
  • Question 8

The following sentence contains two apostrophes used to show possession. One is used correctly and one wrongly. Work out which one is wrong and write the correct version in the box.

 

Millie and Sara's kitten was playing with a toy mouse and trying to pull the mouses' tail off.

CORRECT ANSWER
mouse's
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one mouse so you add an apostrophe and then 's'. The plural of 'mouse' is 'mice' anyway!
  • Question 9

This time there are three apostrophes in the two sentences. Two are correct and one is wrong. Work out which one is wrong and write the correct version in the box.

 

The childrens' bicycles were painted blue. Katie's was light blue and her sister's was dark blue.

CORRECT ANSWER
children's
EDDIE SAYS
The plural of 'child' is 'children' so you need an apostrophe and then an s.
  • Question 10

This time there are two apostrophes. One is correct and one is wrong. Work out which one is wrong and write the correct version in the box.

 

The womens' cars were parked outside Mrs Jackson's house.

CORRECT ANSWER
women's
EDDIE SAYS
The plural of 'woman' is 'women' so you need an apostrophe and then an s.
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