Boys or Boys’ or Boy’s? Correct Possessive (Helpful Examples)

“Boys” is the plural form of the singular noun ‘boy’. In order to make plural of a singular noun we usually add‘s’ or ‘es’ after the words.

“Boys’” is the possessive form of plural noun ‘boys’.  In English grammar, possessives are used to indicate relations and possessions between people and things. In order to make possessive form of a plural word, we generally add an apostrophe (‘) at the end of that word; the possessive form of the plural noun “boys” will be boys’.

“Boy’s” is the possessive form of singular noun ‘boy’. In English grammar, possessives are used to indicate relations and possessions between people and things. In order to make possessive form of a singular word, we generally add an apostrophe + s (‘s) with that word; the possessive form of the word “boy” will be boy’s.

Should I use Boys or Boys’ or Boy’s?

Boys should be used if you are talking about more than one boy, not their possessions. For example: I have a lot of boys in my class. Boys’ should be used if you are talking about more than one boy and their possessions or relations. For example: More than 100 boys’ shoes have been ordered. On the other hand, if you are talking about only one boy and his possessions or relations then you must use boy’s. For example: my boy’s school is quite far.

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5 examples of how to use Boys in a sentence

  1. Boys are always annoying and troublemaking in my class as compared to girls; I really don’t like their attitude and behavior during my lecture.
  2. Our university’s boy’s hostel has the capacity for more than 1000 boys and we are planning to build a new campus from next year.
  3. Boys are not allowed to enter into the mall without their families; if you want to enter into the mall then you must come next time with your family.
  4. Two boys were fighting today when I was going to my office; I stopped and asked them that why they were fighting, I didn’t receive any answer from them.
  5. Girls like to stare boys but they don’t express their feelings openly; I have noticed it several times throughout my university days.

5 examples of how to use Boys’ in a sentence

  1. Your favorite brand has announced 80 percent discount on all boys’ clothes, hurry up and get ready, we are going for shopping!
  2. Boys’ results are not satisfactory, as usual girls have secured high positions and I am upset again due to the attitude of these boys.
  3. Boys’ parents are invited for a meeting next week, I will answer their queries related to your results and this time I am going to speak the truth.
  4. Boys’ football club is performing quite well but our girls’ team is still unable to secure any good position in under 19 championships.
  5. Boys’ garments are quite cheap as compared to girls; we will buy next week for you dear Julie when there will be some flat discount.

5 examples of how to use Boy’s in a sentence

  1. This boy’s parents are very humble and educated but I don’t know why he misbehaves with all the teachers and his results are also not satisfactory!
  2. Boy’s shirt is attractive, I am going to buy same one for my son and I will buy one for myself too.
  3. Boy’s mother was a gentle lady, she offered me coffee and I was amazed by her conduct; I was thinking in a quite different way but my expectations were wrong.
  4. Boy’s pet is healthy, John; we must ask him about its health so that we can bring same food for our dog, what do you think?
  5. Your boy’s results are not so good, he has failed mathematics and also he is quite weak in English grammar.

Quiz: Have you mastered Boys, Boys’ and Boy’s?

Correct answers can be seen under the next heading

  1. Our (A. boys /B. boys’/C. boy’s) health is not good these days; we must call our doctor in order to examine John’s health.
  2. (A. boys /B. boys’/C. boy’s) results have been displayed on the notice board; girls should wait for their results.
  3. (A. boys /B. boys’/C. boy’s) hostel has limited number of seats available; you must enroll yourself because the seats are limited this time.
  4. (A. boys /B. boys’/C. boy’s) are always problem makers; I can’t say anything about girls because I haven’t received any complaint from their side.
  5. (A. boys /B. boys’/C. boy’s) all over the world are quite similar in their behavior and attitude, what do you think Miss Anna?

Answers to the quiz on Boys, Boys’ and Boy’s

  1. C
  2. B
  3. B
  4. A
  5. A