What is the possessive noun in the sentence, "Baseball" rules were written in 1845."?
As written, none of the words are possessive nouns. However, if we change the word "baseball" to "baseball's", then "baseball's" is a possessive noun.
A possessive noun is:
- a noun (person, place, or thing), and
- possessive (indicating an ownwership relationship to another noun)
In the sentence Baseball rules were written in 1845, there isn't a word that indicates possession:
- rules is a noun
- baseball is an adjective and tells us what kind of rules
- were written is the verb
- in 1845 is the preposition that tells us when the rules were written
If however, we write the sentence this way: Baseball's rules were written in 1845, now we have a possessive noun - "baseball's".