Possessive Apostrophes Exercise (339)

Edit the following sentences to make the required nouns possessive. Follow conventional rules as recommended in conservative American sources like the Chicago Manual of Style.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Mr. Singh will be away next week for the salesmen conference in Toledo.
Correct : Mr. Singh will be away next week for the salesmen’s conference in Toledo.

Plural nouns that do not end in s form the possessive by adding apostrophe s.

2.
Original: In the 1950s, a dollar worth of gas amounted to almost three gallons.
Correct : In the 1950s, a dollar’s worth of gas amounted to almost three gallons.

Singular nouns form the possessive by adding apostrophe s.

3.
Original: In recent years, many Americans have come to disagree with the United States foreign policy.
Correct : In recent years, many Americans have come to disagree with the United States’ foreign policy.

When the singular form of a noun ending in s is the same as the plural, the possessives of both are formed by the addition of an apostrophe only.

4.
Original: With his father-in-law help, Adam completed repairs on the bridge.
Correct : With his father-in-law’s help, Adam completed repairs on the bridge.

Hyphenated compound nouns form the possessive by adding apostrophe s to the final element.

5.
Original: Judge Thomas decision disagreed with the majority.
Correct : Judge Thomas’s decision disagreed with the majority.

Proper names ending in s form the possessive by adding apostrophe s.

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