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hello grammarians hello Paige hi David in the driver's seat so Paige today uh it is my understanding that we are going to talk about the possessive that's right um what what even is the possessive in English what does that mean when when we say that like what does it mean to possess something right so that means to own something or to have something okay so this relates to the apostrophe and that we use the apostrophe in many cases we use the apostrophe s in many cases to show possession right so if I were talking about there are a couple of ways to show that something belongs to someone or something in English like I could say the carrot that belonged to that rabbit was delicious yeah but that's that's pretty complicated and can make sentences much longer than they need to be so what's a simpler way of saying the carrot that belonged to the rabbit was delicious you can say something like the rabbits carrot was delicious Oh interesting so you're actually containing there's like a lot of information that's contained within the the rabbits that that little thing because you're expressing the relationship between the rabbit and the carrot just with that little apostrophe yes that contains so much information in it yeah that the whole idea of the rabbit owning the carrot comes from that apostrophe s that's super cool yeah it's a pretty big deal so this doesn't just apply to like common nouns like rabbits this can also apply to proper nouns like people or countries or businesses or whatever totally or movies yeah anything I think okay so okay so to pull a completely random figure from American history let's say Alexander Hamilton had a surfboard okay so we could say using the apostrophe s construction we could refer to Alexander Hamilton's surfboard right right the surfboard that belongs to Alexander Hamilton all right so that that seems pretty straightforward if we want to show possession we just add an apostrophe s is that true in all cases though well okay not always okay so there's a wrinkle of course there's always a wrinkle introduced for us this wrinkle page so there's an exception to this rule of using apostrophe s for possession when you're using a pronoun right so rabbit and Alexander Hamilton are both nouns but there are pronouns like it or he or she where you don't use an apostrophe to show possessive so if I wanted to say that surfboard is his there's no apostrophe in there right right or we could just as easily say his surfboard and I think that's I mean that's the same as saying that surfboard is Alexander Hamilton's and you can see that there's this real it makes sense to want to put a possessive apostrophe s in there right but that's not that's not what you do this is this one kind of obnoxious exception to the rule so for possessive pronouns they don't they just they never take apostrophes that's right so okay so the possessive in English usually formed with apostrophe s the rabbits carrot was delicious Alexander Hamilton's surfboard but when we're talking about possessive pronouns like his or hers or ours or theirs or my or its no apostrophes are needed possessive pronouns never take apostrophes you got it sweet thanks Paige thank you you can learn anything David out Paige out