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To indicate possession, end a singular noun with an apostrophe followed by an "s". Otherwise, the noun's form seems plural.

Examples

  • Incorrect: Though the lobsters claws were bound, the creature made a threatening gesture as they dropped it in the pot.

  • Correct: Though the lobster's claws were bound, the creature made a threatening gesture as they dropped it in the pot.

  • Incorrect: In a democracy, anyones vote counts as much as mine.

  • Correct: In a democracy, anyone's vote counts as much as mine.

  • Incorrect: There is a vast age difference between Victors mother and father.

  • Correct: There is a vast age difference between Victor's mother and father.

    References

    More information about this rule is available from the following sources.

    Online Resources:
  • The Elements of Style: rule 1

Printed Resources: (see Books on Writing section)

  • Strunk and White: 1-1
  • Hacker: P5-a