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Grammar: Possessive Nouns Trivia Quiz Questions! - Quiz

In the study of English grammar, the term “possessive noun” is simply used to refer to a noun – person, place, thing, action, etc. – which has its ownership displayed by adding an apostrophe, sometimes followed by the letter ‘s’. Some examples include words like “the dog’s bowl” or “the students’ schoolbooks”. Think you have the hang of it? Let’s take a closer look in this quiz. Good luck!


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  • 1. 

    Insert apostrophes ( ' ) wherever they belong in the following sentences, Remember, not all nouns ending in (-s) are possessive.Long ago in Egypt, when a cat died, the cats owner would shave off his own eyebrows to show respect for the dead cat.Where would you insert the apostrophe?

    • A.

      In the word "cats"

    • B.

      In the word "eyebrows"

    • C.

      Replace "died" with "die's"

    • D.

      Change "owner" to "owners"

    • E.

      No correction

    Correct Answer
    A. In the word "cats"
    Explanation
    In the sentence, the word "cats" is being used as a possessive noun to indicate ownership. Therefore, an apostrophe should be inserted after the "s" in "cats" to show that the cat belongs to the owner.

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  • 2. 

    Years ago, Australians bought weasels to hunt rabbits, but instead the weasels attacked the Australians chickens.Where does the apostrophe go?

    • A.

      Australian's

    • B.

      Weasel's

    • C.

      Rabbit's

    • D.

      Chicken's

    • E.

      No correction

    Correct Answer
    A. Australian's
    Explanation
    The apostrophe in "Australian's" indicates possession. It shows that the weasels attacked the chickens belonging to the Australians.

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  • 3. 

    Four hundred years ago, explores sometimes took hogs on ships because they believed that if the hogs were thrown overboard, they would swim to the nearest land.

    • A.

      Change "years" to "year's"

    • B.

      Change "explores" to "explore's"

    • C.

      Change "sometimes" to "sometime's"

    • D.

      Change "ships" to "ship's"

    • E.

      No correction

    Correct Answer
    E. No correction
    Explanation
    The given sentence does not require any corrections. It is grammatically correct and conveys the intended meaning.

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  • 4. 

    Today in the U.S., animals such as dogs, birds, and cats are popular childrens pets.

    • A.

      Change "animals" to "animal's"

    • B.

      Change "childrens" to "children's"

    • C.

      Change "pets" to "pet's"

    • D.

      Change "cats" to "cat's"

    • E.

      No correction

    Correct Answer
    B. Change "childrens" to "children's"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to change "childrens" to "children's". This correction is needed to show the possessive form of "children" in relation to the word "pets". By adding an apostrophe and an "s" after "children", it indicates that the pets belong to the children.

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  • 5. 

    Japans scientists have been investigating to see if cows and worms can predict earthquakes.Where would the apostraphe go?

    • A.

      Japan's

    • B.

      Scientist's

    • C.

      Cow's

    • D.

      Worm's

    • E.

      No correction

    Correct Answer
    A. Japan's
    Explanation
    The apostrophe in "Japan's" indicates possession, showing that the scientists being referred to are from Japan.

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  • 6. 

    Gardeners know bees are important to gardens, and although a common bee may sting a gardener, a queen bee doesn't sting anything other than another queen bee.Where does the apostrophe go?

    • A.

      Gardener's

    • B.

      Bee's

    • C.

      Garden's

    • D.

      Know's

    • E.

      No correction

    Correct Answer
    E. No correction
    Explanation
    The sentence is talking about the importance of bees to gardens in general, so there is no need for any possessive form. The apostrophe is not needed in any of the options provided.

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