The Possessive Case 

The Possessive Case :

Genitive 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.

The genitive case is most importantly used for showing possession. The word meaning the genitive 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 the case of possession in place of genitive case. But you have to be aware that the genitive case is not always about possession.

Here are some examples of sentences in the genitive 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 the case of possession or Genitive Case :

The genitive case has another name called the case of possession. 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 case of possession and the genitive case.

Raju's cycle

(This sentence is the perfect example. This is in the genitive case and the case of possession . 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 the genitive case and not the case of possession.)

This way we have to understand the difference between the two cases of the possessive case and the genitive 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 Genitive 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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