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The infamous -s has caused endless arguments and agitation. This article and infographic will attempt to clear up the confusion surrounding plurals, possessives, and combinations of the two.
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Plural and Possessive Uses of -S
Most nouns become plural with an added -s: “The cats play with their toy.”
To show ownership, add an apostrophe with an -s: “The cat’s toy is under the couch.”
So far, everything is simple, but what happens when several cats lose a toy under the couch? To show possession in a plural subject, the apostrophe simply moves to the other side of the -s.
“The cat’s toy is under the couch”–one cat.
“The cats’ toy is under the couch”–more than one cat.
The apostrophe adds clarity, letting us know whether the noun is plural or singular, depending on w…