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    Question How to use the possessive 's with et al.?

    Johann et al.'s findings?

    Is this correct? Do I write et al., with the dot, and then 's?


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    Re: How to use the possessive 's with et al.?

    Quote Originally Posted by arly View Post
    Johann et al.'s findings?

    Is this correct? Do I write et al., with the dot, and then 's?
    Hi

    The phrase et al. is, as you probably know, an abbreviation of a Latin expression. I think the unabbreviated form is "et alia" so perhaps Johann et alia's findings would be the most appropriate. (Although, why not just change the order and write "the findings of Johann et al."?)

    I hope this helps.

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    Re: How to use the possessive 's with et al.?

    Quote Originally Posted by crclee View Post
    Hi

    The phrase et al. is, as you probably know, an abbreviation of a Latin expression. I think the unabbreviated form is "et alia" so perhaps Johann et alia's findings would be the most appropriate. (Although, why not just change the order and write "the findings of Johann et al."?)

    I hope this helps.
    Hi there,

    I'm not a native English speaker but to me, it doesn't look right to use a Saxon genitive after abbreviations, particularly "non-Saxon" ones (you were right, crclee, in your transcription). I don't pretend to know your language better thai you, but "et al.'s" just doesn't feel right.

    Greetings.

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    Re: How to use the possessive 's with et al.?

    I am afraid that I am going to disagree with the above posts as et al. - and others ('et al.' is used as an abbreviation of `et alii' (masculine plural) or `et aliae' (feminine plural) or `et alia' (neuter plural) when referring to a number of people); Eg: "the data reported by Smith et al."

    Therefore it is already possessive as it is.

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