noun suffix or pronoun suffix Etymology: Middle English -es, -s, genitive singular ending, from Old English -es; akin to Old High German -es, genitive singular ending, Greek -oio, -ou, Sanskrit -asya — used to form the possessive of singular nouns <
, of plural nouns not ending in s <
, of some pronouns <
, and of word groups functioning as nouns <
the man in the corner's hat
or pronouns <
someone else's

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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