The possessive form of “hero” is easy enough to understand. Once you understand how the singular and plural forms work, the possessive forms are no problem. This article will show you all you need to know about the forms.
Heroes or Hero’s or Heroes’: Which Is The Correct Possessive Form?
“Hero’s” is the correct possessive form of “hero.” We can use it to show that one “hero” owns an object. It’s also possible to do the same thing for multiple “heroes,” but we need to use “heroes'” as the correct possessive form if we want to do this.
These are the forms we want to focus on in this article:
If you know a lot about possessive forms already, you might notice that “Hero” follows all the expected rules we use.
We can take the singular form “hero” and add an “‘s” to the end of it. This gives us the singular possessive form (which means it’s a regular noun).
We can do the same with the plural form “heroes,” where we add an apostrophe to its end. This is common for most plural possessive forms.
The plural form is definitely the easiest of the three forms we’ll show you in this article. Therefore, we thought it was wise to start with it.
“Heroes” is the plural form of “hero.” We use it whenever we’re writing about more than one “hero.” We add an “-es” to the end of the singular word to change it into the plural.
We don’t simply add an “S” to the end of “hero” to create the plural form. The word ends with the vowel “O,” which stops us from being able to do this correctly (“heros” is wrong).
Instead, we include an “-es” ending after the word, which gives us the plural form.
- Many heroes have passed through here in recent years, so you’ll have to be more specific.
- The heroes that I worship aren’t too dissimilar from yours.
- There are too many heroes to keep track of in these comic books!
- I’ve got my heroes, and I’m sure you have your own.
- These men and women are all heroes to our country!
“Heroes” only refers to the plural form, meaning that more than one “hero” is being written about.
The plural form is by far the easiest one to use, and we’ve covered that already. Now it’s time to see how the first of the possessive forms works. The singular possessive form is slightly easier to understand than the plural possessive form.
“Hero’s” refers to one “hero” owning an object. We show this by placing an “object” directly after the subject “hero” in a sentence.
We can take the singular form “hero” and apply an “‘s” to the end to create the possessive form. This is common for most possessive nouns that don’t already end with an “S.”
Incidentally, “hero’s” is pronounced the same way as the plural form “heroes.”
The singular possessive form works like so:
- My hero’s wish was to see him one last time, and we made that happen.
- He’s achieved a hero’s welcome because of all the brave things he did for us.
- The hero’s cape is left out in the cold air while he’s away.
- That hero’s courage is something that all of us envy.
- He has a hero’s smile about him, and he knows that he made us all proud.
“Hero’s” works when we follow it directly with an object. It means that one “hero” owns that object, and we’re showing the reader what is possessed by the “hero.”
We could use “heroes'” as the plural possessive form. It’s a little more complicated than the singular possessive, and it’s also less common. Still, it’s useful to understand how it works.
“Heroes'” refers to more than one “hero” owning an object or group of similar objects. We do this whenever multiple “Heroes” own the same thing, and we want to show how they link together.
We’ve already shown you why the plural form of “hero” is the way that it is. The plural possessive form simply takes that form and adds a little more to it whenever we use it.
To create the plural possessive form, we place an apostrophe after the plural form. An “S” is not needed after the apostrophe (unlike the singular possessive form) because the word “heroes” already ends with an “S.”
The following examples will show you all you need to know about the plural possessive form.
- Many of the heroes’ powers were given to them by illegal means.
- All of the heroes’ meetings were postponed until further notice.
- This is the heroes’ hall for all of those we lost during the war.
- All of the heroes’ medals are displayed here to show what they achieved.
- The many heroes’ sidekicks out there are always impressive to watch.
We can use “heroes'” whenever more than one “hero” owns an object or group of similar objects. That object will always come directly after the possessive noun form.
Quiz: Have You Mastered Heroes or Hero’s or Heroes’?
Let’s see what you’ve learned about “hero” in the possessive form. A quick quiz will be all the testing we need to do to check whether you’ve paid close enough attention!
- The (A. heroes / B. hero’s / C. heroes’) sidekick was named after him.
- The (A. heroes / B. hero’s / C. heroes’) group was filled with some of the most impressive specimens out there.
- He wears a (A. heroes / B. hero’s / C. heroes’) cape like he saved the world.
- We’re all (A. heroes / B. hero’s / C. heroes’) in some way.
- You’re all of the (A. heroes / B. hero’s / C. heroes’) mission, and they’ll make sure to find you before it’s too late.
The singular possessive form of “hero” is “hero’s.” The plural possessive form is “heroes’.” Both are standard English possessive forms, making it much easier to remember how to use “hero” correctly in all possessive cases. You only need to know how many “Heroes” are present.
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