# How to use possessive apostrophes

## How to use a possessive apostrophe

An apostrophe can be used to show that one thing belongs to or is connected to something. This is called a possessive apostrophe.

Let's take a look at some examples.

### The cat's tail was fluffy.

Cat is a singular noun so you need to add an apostrophe and "s" to show that the tail belongs to the cat.

### Charles's cat was naughty.

Charles is a singular noun so, even though it ends in an "s" already, you need to add an apostrophe and another "s" to show that the cat belongs to Charles.

### The brothers' feet were muddy.

Brothers is a plural noun that ends in an "s" so you don't add another "s" after your apostrophe. You can just add an apostrophe to show the feet belongs to the brothers.

### The children's toys were broken

Children is a plural noun but it doesn't end with an "s" so you need to add an apostrophe and "s" to show that the toys belong to the children.