the possessive


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

Examples of the possessive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But focus instead on that apostrophe in the title: This is Hopper’s New York, emphasis on the possessive, and for all its crowd-pleasing fare this is a more challenging show about his dominion over the city. Karen Rosenberg, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022

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“The possessive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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