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Hi James
Nice class!
Weel, i got stuck sometimes to use (‘s and s’). Could you check for me, if this sentences are rights ?
“The dog of Chris ate the food.”

Which one is correct ?
1 – Chris’s dog ate the food.
2 – Chris’ dog ate the food

If you can send me an answers, i’ll be glad.

Sunday, April 19th 2009

    Both of them are correct, as james explained in the lesson.
    The first case is usual case.
    In the second case we take of the ‘s’ because the pronunciation is difficult. If you use this form, you must use it through out of the whole document, otherwise, it becomes confusing!

    Monday, July 19th 2010

      That’s right, you got it!

      Thursday, September 2nd 2010

    the sentence which is correct is the first one

    Thursday, August 18th 2011

    number 1 is corect

    Thursday, November 27th 2014

    The First one is correct, in order to show
    Possession. The “s” in subject Chris’s shows us that The Dog it belonged to Chris even though name Chris end with “s” you need to add the apostrophe after the “s”

    Saturday, October 10th 2015

    Well done

    Thursday, March 23rd 2017

amm confusin’ I guess the first statement is the right one:D

Friday, July 10th 2009

the second is correct

Saturday, November 14th 2009


Thursday, May 13th 2010

thanks james!

Friday, July 30th 2010

What happens when there are more than one James?

Say for arguments sake St James’s park was dedicated to two St James’s – how do you get that accross?
How will the reader know that the park is possed by two?

Another example (more likely to occur) would be when you say ‘The James’s household’ – how does that work when you want the reader to know that the household is the home of more than one person with the surname James?

Thursday, September 2nd 2010

    This is a very rare and particular case, but first we need to make “James” plural — to show that there is more than one James family or saint. So it would become Jameses (pronounced the same as “James’s”). Then if we are talking about possession with the multiple Jameses, it will become Jameses’s or Jameses’. In this case, the first option is quite difficult to pronounce, so we might use the second. In thirty years of speaking English, I have never run into this, though!

    Thursday, September 2nd 2010

      you are good , hahahahahah

      Thursday, January 6th 2011


Friday, January 28th 2011

can it use for ‘z’ too , if the pronunciation is difficult?

Monday, March 7th 2011

Hello James, I would like to know which of these sentences is correct.
1. Rosel and John’s wedding
2. Rosel’s and John’s wedding
Thank you and hear from you soon^^

Sunday, March 20th 2011

Hi James !
Thank you for your nice lesson on the EngVid.By the way, I’d like to ask you a question: Could you tell me the meaning of “a couple of” ? Does that mean : 1)two or 2) a few ?
I’d appreciate your soon response.

Friday, March 25th 2011

where is the Quiz ? is important to do that

Thursday, April 14th 2011

I listen it before pronunciation .what is the pronunciation ???

Thursday, April 28th 2011

when can i use he does not and he do not

Friday, May 13th 2011

so easy for you.
you did great lesson,I had lerned now. now means today. lol

Wednesday, July 6th 2011

Hi James!
Thank you for that useful lesson.
with best wishes to you Edyta from Poland

Tuesday, July 12th 2011


Wednesday, July 27th 2011

this is amazing. How much money wasted in Berlitz and another unnecesary and unusefull intitutes.thank you guys.

Sunday, July 31st 2011

I got it!!!
Before watching this lesson I was still confused, but now it’s crystal clear. Thank you to James, to engVid and to all of you.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011

Thanks James.
I like it.

Monday, October 31st 2011


Thursday, November 17th 2011

Hi James, My English teacher once said to me that “‘S” is actually for American English but “S'” is for British English.. so was that wrong? because from your explanation I conclude that I can actually use both regardless the dialect.

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

Hi dear James..
i am in serious trouble ,i am facing spelling mistakes problem…i forgot the spelling of one word that i may write right in previous paragraph…i am so confused what to do and what not…i have write an essay of 3000+ words in one of my CSS exam..i need your help…looking forward for your reply

Friday, December 16th 2011

Pretty much he explained the use of ‘s and s’, the key is consistency, if you start using one when your are writing something, you must use it throughout… pretty clear to me…. and I just been in contact with English for 4 months only, since I came to the US. Keep up the good work James, your helping Cubans like me understand and enjoy the language

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

James, you are the man. Thanks

Monday, February 6th 2012

Hello James,, could you plz let e know about

Monday, February 6th 2012

Hi Mr. James,

thank you for your videos. this is my first post. i would like to ask you what is the different from this words.

1. urgent matters calls only.
2. urgent matters call only.

what is the different. should we add “s” or not.

thanks in advance.
waiting your answer.

i love this site.
thank you very much.

Friday, February 17th 2012

James’s Condom .. ahaha I like that part .. thanks james.
it’s very helpful

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

Hello James,
Now, that was a complete bouncer. LOL

Still confused with ‘S and S’

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

OK now, ‘S is understood.
Please answer this now:-
1. childrens’ hat/hats
Here children=plural noun, so it means talk is about is about more than one child for ONE hat or TWO hats

Which one is correct and why? OR both are correct?


Tuesday, May 8th 2012

thanks. it is a good lesson.

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

great teacher!

Saturday, June 30th 2012

What if there are 2 James who own a Snake. Would it be:
James’s Snake

Thursday, September 6th 2012

Hi James,

I would like to ask you regarding to this topic.
Do we say
1. “group presentation” or group’s presentation”
2. “door handle” or door’s handle”

Could you please explain why it should be so?
Thank you

Saturday, October 27th 2012

You are my favourite teacher!!! I wish you all the best!!! :)

Wednesday, November 21st 2012

You a always right I love love love love you!!!!

Saturday, January 5th 2013

thanks for the lesson James

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Thank you very much for this lesson. It will help me a lot.

Wednesday, February 6th 2013

then james’s it’s right

thanks a lot for your time

Monday, April 1st 2013

This is the best teacher in the world ever!!

Monday, September 9th 2013

Is it the same rule with plural nouns?

Kids’s toys.
Kids’ toys.

Is it correct?

Saturday, January 11th 2014

I see all yours lessons without quiz, but really you have good methods for teaching.

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

i got one question,
what is difference Apostrophe-“s” and “of ”?

I know, and checked with grammar books, that
“apostrophe s” is used with people and animals (animate) and
“of” is used with things (inanimate), as shown bellow:

*The color of the house…
*Tom’s new baseball glove…

In my English textbook, there is a sentence:
“The leader of the Mongols… .”

Is it incorrect to say,
“the Mongols’ leader…” ?

Friday, October 31st 2014

Thanks for another great lesson James. I love your teaching style and your sense of humour; grammar is not the most thrilling of subjects but with you it turns into something fun. Keep up the good work! The way you guys devote your precious time to teach people for free is admirable. There will always be people who point out at mistakes in an insensitive or downright rude manner, or demand answers as if you have the obligation to correct their work, but please don’t let that discourage you. Your work makes a difference in people’s lives, it certainly does for me, as I can’t afford to pay private tuition. Thanks again to all of you for your generosity and the great work you do.

Thursday, December 18th 2014

Sir James thanks for this good lesson i want to learn more English.

Sunday, February 1st 2015

I like when you’re teaching. :) !

Sunday, May 3rd 2015

thank you James!

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

It’s great to learn with teacher like you, Thanks a lot!!!

Thursday, June 25th 2015

Hello James, video was really good but I’ve one question which is not particularly related.
Question is like
“everyone reminds” is correct then
why “to reminds everyone” is not

can you tell me a trick so I can apply ‘s’ at the end of the word properly to make it ‘plural and singular’ what so ever is needed for correct grammar

Saturday, June 27th 2015

Hello, James. Thank you for your video, it was very helpful. I like the way you teach.
I still have 3 doubts about apostrophe +s, if you or anyone could help me I’d be very grateful.

1. Does this pronunciation also goes for noun that are not proper? For instance, how would I pronounce “My boss’s car”? Do I also “double” that last “s” in spoken English?
2. I learned that in the case of singular nouns ending in “s”, if the next word starts with “s” I should use just the apostrophe. For instance: “James’ sister”. Is that right? What would be the right pronunciation in this case?
3. In the situation I’m talking about 2 or more objects being possessed by 2 or more people together. For example, if Melissa and Joana have 2 houses together (and not each one with their respective house), what would be the right option: “Joana and Melissa’s houses” or “Joana’s and Melissa’s houses”?

Thursday, October 15th 2015

Thank you a lot Mr.James

Monday, January 4th 2016

hi. could you tell me if “human’s comfort ” is right or wrong ? if wrong , tell me the why.

Friday, May 13th 2016

I recognized the Final Fantasy Victory’s theme. XD

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank you so much, you are the best, I feel have made progress in English language, with these videos, thank for your amazing word to help people like us. Thank teacher.

Monday, July 11th 2016

James thank you ever so much. This is one that has always given me fits. So as I write this I now have a question for the written word. If I am talking about the fit I have then is it my fit’s or my fits. The way I have been doing it just adding an s. To my way of thinking, if the fit is mine then they are my fit’s. If we are talking about the amount then it would be fits? Oh yeah and it’s not nice to tease the Maple Leafs, they can’t help it. I used this in a story titled Lord Stanley. What does the titanic and the Toronto Maple Leafs have in common? They are both great until they hit the ice. Da-bum-dum

Sunday, November 13th 2016

I can understand that possessive questions may be ended by “-‘s” in singular and by “-s'” or “-s’s” in plural but there are some exceptions where you don’t need to use the possessive and you use “of”, then we have to study the cases when we can use the apostrophe of the possessive and when we use “of”. Another question is, if he possessive is the same that the Saxon Genitive. Thanks a lot teacher James from EngVid, good performance and explanation.

Friday, November 25th 2016


Friday, January 26th 2018

Hi James. I have a question here. If there more than one boys who are owning a toy. I can you say the boys’ toy or the boys’s toy? Which is correct and preferable?

Tuesday, January 30th 2018


Saturday, February 3rd 2018

Hello James
I like of yours classes.
Thank you

Sunday, May 13th 2018

Dear James! Can you help me to solve this. Can we have many apostrophes in one sentences as given below or is there any other rule when it comes to sentence like this.
1) Martin’s parents’ neighbor’s dog is too noisy.

Tuesday, March 10th 2020

Susan’s Geometry test / tests results leave much to be desired.Please tell me test or tests fits in this sentence.

Tuesday, March 10th 2020

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