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In grammar, the possessive is a term that relates to words or forms that we use to show possession.

  • The possessive (or 'genitive') case - the case that marks the 'possession', or ownership, by the person. E.g. "My family." See case in grammar, and possessive pronoun. This point is for you if you are learning basic concepts in grammar.
  • For the use of the apostrophe to indicate possession, for example "John's book", see apostrophe (possession). This point is for those who have difficulty with punctuation.