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hello grammarians hello David hello Paige so today we're going to talk about plural possession meaning when more than one person or thing or animal owns something else and this like most other types of possession tends to involve apostrophes make sense checks out yeah cool oh so it's just apostrophe s right like I mean why are we even making this video well no apostrophe s is a rule that applies when the possessive noun is singular so for example the dogs bone right that's one dog's bone one singular dog possessing one bone exactly what if I wanted to talk about like five dogs bones like they had a bump like a big ol pile of bones right so that is a case where we will not use apostrophe s what I'm sorry to dissapoint I'm not disappointed I'm just surprised not actually surprised that's just a stage trick so if we're talking about five dogs and their bones we say five dogs ' bones and there's no s after the apostrophe so it goes s apostrophe so we have the S for the plural and then an apostrophe for possession but not a second s for possession right we don't want like the dogs is bones okay okay but the the apostrophe at the end isn't about there being multiple bones right it's about there being multiple dogs yeah so even if it's multiple dogs and they're possessing a singular thing um so five dogs all had the same favorite dog park right because it's the best doc park okay in the world okay so in that case you would say something like the dog's favorite Park right park is still singular but dogs is plural so that's why it's just apostrophe and no s afterwards so this also only applies to plural nouns that end in s right so if I'm talking about one of our irregular plural nouns like mice or geese or men or women I would still add apostrophe s right like okay so I'm imagining a department store mm-hmm and there's a men's section a women's section and a mices section okay that is interesting department store well it doesn't take up that much floor space for the mouse section so I get that if there's more than one dog it's do GS ' if it's a plural irregular noun that doesn't end in s then it's still just apostrophe s like regular possession what about family names oh okay that's a good question so let's say there's a family with the last name Harper okay and I am going to visit the Harper's house okay right so that's the house that belongs to all of the Harper's the Harper family okay so that seems pretty straightforward but what if we're talking about a name that ends in s like burns okay yeah that can make things a little bit complicated the way that names that end in s become plural is by adding es to the end of them so Burns becomes Burns's and so Burns is without the apostrophe is how it refers to that family unit in total also right like it's mr. burns and the burnses or dr. Jones and the Joneses exactly okay so then when you want to make that possessive as in the burnses house you make it plural by adding that es and then put the apostrophe after that cool so plural things that end in s don't have a second s after the apostrophe yeah but irregular plurals like men women mice do yeah Thank You page you're welcome you can learn anything Dave it out page out