The Noun and Case: Possessive Nouns/Case – Types and Examples

Noun and Case: Types of Case in Noun


There are four kinds of CASE: Nominative, Possessive, Accusative, Dative.

1. Accusative Case

If Noun or Pronoun is used as the subject, it is called Nominative case.

1. She is reading. (Nominative)

2. Mohan is walking. (Nominative)

2. Possessive Case

If the possession or the relation ol noun is expressed, it is called Possessive Case.

1. Rahul’s book. (possession)

2. Sharukh’s brother. (relation)

3. Accusative Case

If noun or pronoun is used as the object, it is called Accusative case.

1. I like her. (Accusative)

2. That is Anjali. (Accusative)

4. Dative Case

If Noun or pronoun is called or addressed, it is called Dative case.

1. John, read mindly. (Dative)

2. Come here, Seema. (Dative)

But, before reading Noun and Case, we should study the case of Pronoun.

The case of Pronoun

Nominative Accusative Possessive
we us our/ours
I me my/mine
he him his
she her her/hers
you you your/yours
they them their/theirs
who whom whose

1. After ‘let‘ pronouns are used in Accusative Case.

Let we read thoroughly. –wrong

Let us read thoroughly. –correct

Let them, her and we go there. –wrong

Let them, her and us go there. –correct

2. After preposition pronoun is used in Accusative Case.

There is a nice relation between she and I. –wrong

There is a nice relation between her and me. –Correct

3. After ‘than‘ pronoun should be used in Nominative case.

Ram is better than her. –Wrong

Ram is better than she. –correct

But, Ram runs faster than she/her. –correct

As helping verb is not used in comparative degree.

4. After ‘if‘, pronoun is used in Nominative Case.

If I were him I would have gone. –wrong

If I were he I would have gone. –correct

Use of the Possessive Case

1. To the end of a singular Noun we put (‘s), apostrophe for Possessive Case.

Rajiv’s book, Meena’s mother, President’s bodyguard

2.s‘ ending plural nouns take only ().

Boys’ hostel, Girls’ school.


Women’s college, Men’s competition, Children’s

3. In compound nouns, we use possessive with the last term.

Commander-in-chief’s order

Mother-in-law’s house

Father-in-law’s problem

Engineer-in-chiefs’ office

Brother-in-law’s wife

4. lf possessive is used before ‘than‘, it should be used after ‘than‘.

Ravi’s sister is more beautiful than Karan. –Wrong

Ravi’s sister is more beautiful than Karan’s. –correct.

Kareena’s husband is more handsome than Karishma. –wrong

Kareena’s husband is more handsome than Karishma’s. –correct

Rohan’s brother is more intelligent than Mohan. –wrong

Rohan’s brother is more intelligent than Mohan’s. –correct

5. If possessive is used before ‘as‘ it should also be used after ‘as‘.

Doly’s sister is as beautiful as Sony. –wrong

Dolly’s sister is as beautiful as Sony’s. –correct

6. If two Nouns are closely related, we are to use possessive with the last Noun.

Kapoor and son’s shop.

Choudhury and grand son’s shop.


Keats’ and Shelley’s poems.

Smith’s and Adam’s definations.

These two nouns are not closely related.

7. If there is too much sound of ‘hiss, ses, sus‘ etc., of the last syllable of a noun, we use only ().

Moses’ death,

Jesus’ love,

Consciences’ sake,

For justices’ sake,

For goodness’ sake.

8. Possessive is also used with some personified phrases.

At death’s door,

Fortune’s favour,

The soul’s prayer,

God’s mercy,

India’s heroes,

Nature’s laws,

At duty’s call.

9. The Possessive can also be used to show ‘time, distance, weight, edge‘ etc.

A mule’s distance.

A bat’s edge.

A stone’s throw.

A week’s leave.

A kilo’s weight.

A day’s match.

In a year’s time.

A month’s holiday.

A foot’s length.

10. Possessive can too be used to indicate ‘school, shop, clinic, church, house, college, hospital, theatre‘ etc.

Sonia reads in St.columbu’s. (in St.Columbus school)

Kamia went to barber’s. (the shop of barber)

Kavita went to doctor’s. (the cliníc of doctor)

To-night l dine at my uncle’s. (house of uncle)

Anand was educated at Xavier’s. (Xavier school)

11. The following phrases are also commonly used.

At his wit’s end.

For mercy’s sake.

A boat’s crew.

At his finger’s end.

To his heart’s content.

Related Topics from Noun:

  1. Noun: Classification and Formation Of Abstract Nouns
  2. The Noun and Number: Singular and Plural Nouns
  3. The Noun and Case: Possessive Nouns
  4. Gender: Noun and Gender, Types and Examples
  5. Count Nouns vs. Non-Count Nouns

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