# How do you show that a girl named Suz has lots of flowers using the possessive "s"? Is it "Suz' flowers." or "Suz's flowers."?

Apr 18, 2018

The correct form is $\text{Suz's flowers}$.

#### Explanation:

To figure out how to use possessive apostrophes, you need to know a little bit about your word. First ask if it's singular or plural. If it's plural, there are two more questions you need to ask: whether it ends in an $s$ or not.

Here's a little chart with examples:

1. Is it singular? (Is there only one of it?)
$\rightarrow$ The correct form is $\text{'s}$

EXAMPLES:
That is the dog$\textcolor{red}{\text{'s}}$ bone .
Rachel$\textcolor{red}{\text{'s}}$ car was stolen.
The company$\textcolor{red}{\text{'s}}$ billing statements were sent out late.
The book$\textcolor{red}{\text{'s}}$ pages were crinkled and torn.

2. Is it plural? (Is there more than one?)

• Does it end in $s$?
$\rightarrow$ The correct form is just an apostrophe after the word:

EXAMPLES:
The animals$\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{'}}$ feed was changed last month.
The boys$\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{'}}$ father had to punish them for being naughty.
Those photos$\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{'}}$ resolution isn't very good.

• Does it not end in $s$?
$\rightarrow$ The correct form is an $\text{'s}$
children's, alumni's, sheep's

EXAMPLES:
The children$\textcolor{\mathmr{and} a n \ge}{\text{'s}}$ toys were left outside and got wet.
The alumni$\textcolor{\mathmr{and} a n \ge}{\text{'s}}$ speeches weren't that inspiring this year.
The sheep$\textcolor{\mathmr{and} a n \ge}{\text{'s}}$ wool that the farmer cut off needed to be washed.

Your word Suz is the name of one girl, so it's singular. So the correct form is:

$\text{Suz's flowers}$

There are some exceptions to these rules, so here is a helpful article if you need more information. You will have to scroll near the bottom to the section called "Possessives".