possessive case

possessive case
noun
the case expressing ownership
Syn: ↑genitive, ↑genitive case, ↑possessive
Hypernyms: ↑oblique, ↑oblique case

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possessive case,
Grammar. the case that expresses possession, origin, or various other relationships; genitive case. It is regularly formed in singular nouns by the addition of 's, as in »

the boy's book, James's money, Socrates's wife

(the s being sometimes omitted, as in »

for conscience' sake, Socrates' wife, Moses' mandates,

either by a natural contraction of two sibilant sounds into one or in order to avoid an unpleasant sequence of sibilants), and in plural nouns ending in s by the addition of the apostrophe alone, as in »

the boys' books,

and in other plural nouns by the addition of 's, as in »

men's wear.


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