“Goose” doesn’t have the same pluralized form as most other words. For that reason, it will help to understand how to use its plural form and how the possessive is applied both in singular and plural. This article will aim to explain all of that to you!
Geeses or Geese’s or Geeses’: Which Is The Correct Possessive Form?
“Geese’s” is the correct plural possessive form of “geese.” We use it by adding an “‘s” to the end of the plural word “geese” to talk about more than one “goose” owning an object. The singular possessive form is “goose’s.” No other forms are correct possessive forms.
It might help you to look at the following comparisons to understand more about “goose” and “geese.”
As you can see, “goose” isn’t a standard word that’s pluralized in an expected way. Usually, to establish a plural form, you’ll add an “S” to the end of the word. However, “gooses” is not correct when pluralizing “goose.”
Instead, we change the spelling to “geese,” which is the name we give to more than one “goose” at a time.
The possessive forms do follow the expected rules, however. Even though the plural and singular forms differ, we can stick to what we know with the possessive forms.
For example, the singular form is “goose.” We add an “‘s” to the end of it to give us the singular possessive “goose’.s” The same goes for the plural form “geese,” where another “‘s” is added to the end to give us the plural possessive form “geese’s.”
Let’s start by exploring the plural form a little more.
There isn’t much explanation for why “goose” changes spelling completely in the plural form. It’s just another one of those words you have to get used to by learning about it (similar to “mouse” and “mice” or “foot” and “feet”).
The double “O” letters in the middle of the word are what’s important here. Whenever this construct is applied, we always change them to a double “E” letter in the plural form:
- Goose / geese
- Tooth / teeth
- Foot / feet
“Geese” is the plural form of “goose.” There is no possessive form used in this case. It simply refers to more than one “goose” in a sentence.
Here’s how you can use it:
- The geese are gaining on me, and I don’t know what to do.
- How many geese do you have on your farm?
- The geese are out, and I’m worried they’ll attack!
- Geese are pretty dangerous animals if you annoy them!
- Did you come across any geese in your travels?
“Geese” refers to more than one “goose.” There is nothing more to it than that.
On the other hand, the possessive form of “geese’s” is very important to learn about.
We use “geese’s” when talking about multiple “geese” owning an object of some kind in a sentence. We do this by including an object directly after the word “geese’s” to show what it is they own.
“Geese’s” only ever refers to multiple “geese.” We use the plural possessive form to show that a group owns the same object or a similar group of objects in the sentence.
Most possessive forms allow for a simple “‘s” ending to the word, which shows us that it’s possessive. After that last “S” letter, we add the object that is owned.
Here’s how it looks:
- The geese’s new offspring has finally been born.
- The geese’s pond isn’t something you should disturb!
- All of the geese’s beaks are sharper than they look.
- Those geese’s eyes have a lot of hatred in them!
- The geese’s flock is gaining on them.
“Geese’s” is the plural possessive form. We use it to refer to more than one “goose” owning an object in a sentence. You can tell it apart from the plural form by the inclusion of the apostrophe.
There are certain plural possessive forms that work differently from how “geese’s” work. For this reason, we thought we’d include this section.
“Geeses'” is not a correct plural possessive form. You should never use this variation because “geese” is already plural. You do not add an “S” to the end of a plural word to turn it into another plural word.
Some regular nouns do follow this rule, which is why it’s a common mistake that people make:
- Students / Students’
- Campuses / Campuses’
However, “geese” never has a plural ending that ends with an “S.” Thus, we keep the apostrophe after “geese” and leave it at that.
Just to cement your understanding more, we’ll include some examples with correct and incorrect markings:
- Correct: The geese’s habitats are being restored.
- Incorrect: These geeses’ beaks are sharp.
- Correct: The geese’s needs outweigh the needs of the people who come here.
- Incorrect: Those geeses’ feet always look funny to me
Hopefully, that’s cleared up any confusion you might have had. You only need to worry about “geese’s” in the plural possessive form. “Geeses'” is never a valid option, so you can remove any mention of it.
Quiz: Have You Mastered Geeses or Geese’s or Geeses’?
Finally, let’s go over a quick quiz to see what you’ve picked up from this article. Don’t worry; the answers will come after this section for you to compare against to see how well you did.
- The (A. geese / B. geese’s / C. geeses’) got out again!
- My (A. geese / B. geese’s / C. geeses’) have a hard time with strangers.
- The (A. geese / B. geese’s / C. geeses’) genetics aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen before.
- Those (A. geese / B. geese’s / C. geeses’) feathers are beautiful.
- There are too many (A. geese / B. geese’s / C. geeses’) for me to deal with alone.
“Goose’s” and “geese’s” are the only correct possessive forms you need to worry about with “goose.” You should use the singular possessive as “goose’s” and the plural possessive as “geese’s.” Any other variation is incorrect and must not be used.
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