Singular Noun

When you want to show ownership or possession for a singular noun [person, object, thing], there are simple rules.

  1. Write the singular word
  2. Add an apostrophe
  3. Then add an S to the end.


  • a receptionist‘s duties = the duties of ONE receptionist
  • the manager’s office = the office of ONE manager
  • a teacher’s schedule = the schedule of ONE teacher
  • a director’s resignation = the resignation of ONE director
  • an employee’s promotion = the promotion of ONE employee

Plural Nouns

When you want to show ownership or possession for a *plural* noun [person, object, thing], the rules are as follows:

  1. Write the plural word
  2. Add an apostrophe
  3. If necessary, add an s to the end


  • two receptionists’ duties = the duties of MORE THAN ONE receptionist
  • two managers’ offices = the offices of MORE THAN ONE manager
  • three teachers’ schedules = the schedules of MORE THAN ONE teacher
  • two directors’ resignations = the resignations of MORE THAN ONE director
  • five employees’ promotions = the promotionS of MORE THAN ONE employee
  • banks’ interest rates = the interest rates of MORE THAN ONE bank * citizens’ action groups = the action groups of MORE THAN ONE citizen.

I do hope this helps make sense of using apostrophes with the Singular Noun for you, let me know if you have questions.


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