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Writing Style

Possessive Form (poss)

Add an apostrophe + "s" to nouns to show ownership of something. This is the possessive form.


Add 's to singular nouns.

Example: Qatar's vision is to improve its health care system.

Example: This can affect the other patient's lives and can affect the other nurse's health too.

Add 's to plural nouns that do not end in s.

Example: Hamad Hospital has designated new signs for men's and women's prayer areas.

Add an apostrophe ' to plural nouns that end in s.

Example: This can affect other patients' lives and can affect other nurses' health too.

More Information

"The Apostrophe", Perdue University. 

"The Plural vs. Possessive 'S', University of Manitoba.

See your APA manual, pp. 161-162 (6.11 "Preferred Spelling")


American Psychological Association. (2019). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).