Can someone please explain what a Possessive Ending is and provide examples? I'm trying to get a deeper knowledge of the English language and this term came about.
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The possessive (or genitive) case in English is shown by adding an -'s (apostrophe + s) to singular nouns and irregular plural nouns, and an ' (apostrophe only) to plural nouns ending in -s. Examples:
It is called the possessive because it is often used to show possession. So, my father's car is the car that my father possesses. But it can also be used for weaker forms of association: the world's biggest problems, the government's plans, St John's hospital.
The possessive apostrophe is not normally used to show association between inanimate objects. So we usually say the door of the car or the car door, not the car's door.