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Apostrophes to Show Possession Ex # 2
Based on Bunny Rabbit's Diary by Mary Frances Blaisdell
Analysis Key

1. One great big drop fell {on Bunny’s nose}. |

Note how "great" could be considered as modifying "big," and thus functioning as an adverb to it. [This is the type of thing that is rarely discussed in grammar textbooks.]
2. You would have to go {to Mr. Man’s garden}. |

3. Did he know Mrs. Duck’s secret (DO)? |

4. Jack dropped Whitie’s supper (DO) {on the ground}. |

5. The oak leaf fell {to the ground} {at Billy’s feet}. |

If one views "at Billys feet" as describing "ground," then the phrase would function as an adjective and be embedded in "to the ground."
6. And the little duck wriggled back again {under her mother’s wing}. |
("Her" is an adjective to "mother's")
7. Jip is Jack’s dog (PN). |

8. They could not find the bunnies’ home (DO). |

Without the apostrophe, "bunnies" will be read as a noun, the direct object of "could not find," and "home" will be read as a noun used as an adverb, in effect meaning "at home."
9. The kite was stuck (P) {in the tree’s branches}. |
When students are confused about the apostrophe in this one, point to the importance of the place of the apostrophe for determining whether it means one tree, or more than one.
10. The children’s Christmas tree was very big (PA). |