Possessive 's' (Unit 6)

Unit 6 — Possessive «s»

In this unit we are taking at look at the possessive «s». Can you see what it is used for?
Please, read this text to find out:

This is a photo of Anna, her husband and her children. Her husband’[color=red]s name is Frank. He’[color=blue]s an engineer. Her daughter’[color=red]s name is Sarah. She’[color=blue]s 19 and she’[color=blue]s a student. Sarah’[color=red]s boyfriend is an accountant. His name is Jeremy.

So, why is the «s» sometimes [color=red]red and sometimes[color=blue] blue?

I hope you are ready for the Simple Present which you will learn in Unit 7.[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEIC listening, photographs: In front of a store[YSaerTTEW443543]

dear torsten,

I think the blue ones are abbreviated versions of
he is --> becomes he’s
she is --> becomes she’s

the red ones show that you have to add -'s to build genitive forms, possessives

f.e.: the boy’s father is working for the government.

I hope there’s (there is) no error involved in naufragis’ examples.

Hi Naufragis,

You got that absolutely right :)[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEIC listening, photographs: Appliance shopping[YSaerTTEW443543]

maybe it’s your fault … :wink:

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Mrs Brown! she was a polish woman who was married with an englishman - her pronouncation was crude… but she was a very optimistic, funny person.

Dear Torsen,
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hi ,Torsten how are you .Thank you for your sixth lesson it is quite good and I injoyed reading it .the red (s) is a possessive (s) while the blue one is frome ( is) he’s a teacher = he is a teacher , right ?

The «s» is red when it shows possession (Possessive 's), and it is blue when it means “is” (the short form).


I think that,
Blue color refers to such a way he’s →he is
And the red color ratul’s friend →only use for possessive

Dear Torsten;
The blue color is verb to BE and red color is possesive.

Dear Torsten,
Thank you for your sixth lesson with topic prossesive
See you with next lesson


Hello Torsten,
I’m so sure that the blue “s” express the verb to BE or BE, and the red express the POSSESSIVE CASE. Please I was a little absent mind to send you my reply sincerely.
Best Regards!!!

hello sir,
“s” in red is a possesive s and in blue it is a short form of is.

Hello Torsten,
As I said in my first intervention, the Blues express the verb to BE or BE whereas the reds express the POSSESSIVE CASE.

Hi Torsten and everyone,

I have the same answers for your question.

She’s 19 and she’s a student. It means she is 19 and she is a student. It only a way to write it shortly.

Sarah’s boyfriend is an accountant. Here “s” is a possessive case. It means Her boyfriend is an accountant.

And finally, thanks for sharing this.


the red ‘s’ is a possessive case and the blue ‘s’ is a short form.

e.g. She’s my Doctor. She’s a Doctor. See the difference how ‘my’ and ‘a’ used.

Hello every one

Dear Torston:
Thank you for your email .

The blue color is short form , and the red color is possessive s

Best regards .

Hello Torsten,
I’ve just read the short text, and I find that the blue ‘s’ means ‘is’, and the red ones mean possessive.
By the way, the test about modal verbs has just finished, I scored a maximun mark. :smiley:
thank you for your lesson.

Mr Torsten,
I’ve made a mistake in my message. I must type “The test has just [color=red]been finished”. This sentence must be in passive. That’s right, isn’t it?

about the quiz must and had to:
Your results:
You have answered 8 questions out of 10 correctly.