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Nouns form the possessive in two ways: (1) they become the object of the preposition of, or (2) they add the ending -’s (apostrophe plus -s). Look at these examples:

the roar of a liona lion’s roar
the color of the bookthe book’s color
the children of Mrs. DiazMrs. Diaz’s children
the prey of the wolvesthe wolves’ prey

The possessive is used to show to whom or to what something belongs:

  • This is Ginny’s car.
  • The kittens of an alley cat have a hard life.

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