the possessive

noun

Definition of the possessive

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: the form of a word that shows possession or belonging The possessive of "it" is "its."

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“The possessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20possessive. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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