In English, possession is formed in either of two ways:

1. As a prepositional phrase such as in

The caveman found the feathers of a phoenix by a stream.

2. With an apostrophe such as in

The caveman found a phoenix's feathers by a stream.

*Very Important!* There are different styles of doing possession with apostrophes. Although this is the basic format, always check to see which style the teacher or publication uses. (I have been taught 3 different ones, but the one given here is the one most commonly used in the USA.)


Next to these prepositional phrases has been written the possessive form that uses an apostrophe.

1. the bones of the dog the dog's bones

2. the toy of the children the children's toys

3. the bows of the dresses the dressess' bows

4. the collars of the shirts the shirts' collars

5. the buttons of the shirts the shirts' buttons

6. the walking stick of Mr. James Mr. James's walking stick (Definitely check which style your teacher or publisher wants for this one. Some styles only add the apostrophe.)

7. the pocket of the jacket the jacket's pocket

8. the laces of the sneakers the sneakers' laces

9. the heels of the pumps the pumps' heels

10. the catch of the necklace the necklace's catch

11. the fastener of the purse the purse's fastener

12. the gems of the rings the rings' gems

13. the salute of the men the men's salute

14. the curtsies of the little girls the little girls' curtsies

15. the greeting of the farmers the farmers' greeting

16. the salute of the noblefolk the noblefolk's salute

17. the kisses of the mother the mother's kisses

18. the crown of the princess the princess's crown (This is another one to check. Some styles require adding apostrophe es.)

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