The Genitive Case

The Genitive Case :

This case in English marks a noun as a modifier of another noun. It marks a noun as the possessor of another noun. In addition, it can also play many other relationships than possession.

This case is most importantly used for showing possession. The word meaning this case is usually created by adding 's to the noun-word or by preceding the noun-word with OF.

In English, many will often come across the term possessive case in place of this case. But you have to be aware that this case is not always about possession.

Here are some examples of sentences in this case.

John's haircut is peculiar one.
The edge of the cup is broken yesterday morning.
Mary's bone is not as strong as it should be.
The bone of the cat is protruded outside.

Here are the ways in which we have to form the possessive nouns :

singular noun …. cow …..cow's dinner
plural noun …. cows …..cows' dinner
singular noun ending s…..Chris…..Chris' hat or Chris's hat
plural nouns not ending s….women….women's room

Differences between Possessive Case or this case :

This case has another name called the possessive case. The two terms are interchangeably used in English these days. But sentences with possessive case are more common in the study of English Grammar. However, as this possessive case does not always, in few sentences, express possession, some grammarians who like to have perfect views on the concepts like to make a distinction between the possessive case and this case.

Raju's cycle

(This sentence is the perfect example. This is in this case and the possessive case. It is the cycle of RAJU. It is about possession.)

Children's songs

(This is not about possession. The songs are not owned by the children. The songs were sung by others. But they are songs for children. For this distinctive reason, some argue this is this case and not the possessive case.)

This way we have to understand the difference between the two cases of the possessive case and this case. Some times, these two cases are used interchangeably. Sometimes, the difference is made between these two cases.

There are three more forms for the genitive case. They are…

1. Genitive Adjectives
2. Possessive Adjectives
3. Possessive Personal Pronouns

Your pen is not with me. (YOUR is genitive form of the pronoun YOU.)

In case his scooter does not have fuel, take mine. (HIS is genitive form of the pronoun HE and MINE is genitive form of the pronoun I.)


  1. Noun and Case
  2. Kinds of Cases in English
  3. The Nominative Case
  4. The Subjective Case
  5. The Straight Case
  6. The Upright Case
  7. Nominative Case Pronouns
  8. Nominative Pronouns
  9. The Vocative Case
  10. The Possessive Case
  11. The Accusative Case
  12. The Objective Case
  13. The Dative Case
  14. Uses of The Genitive Case
  15. Genitive Case in Phrases
  16. Genitive Case in Apposition

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