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    Red face 's

    hi again!
    one more question. what is the correct use of 's to indicate possession for these words: Campus' or Campus's, Jones' or Jones's, its or its'. thanks again!

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    Campus's and John Jones's (the surname alone is ambiguous) are preferred, though you will find sources which consider the 's unnecessary. Try this: add the 's if it is pronounced in speaking the word-- /'kæm pə səz/, /'djoun zəz'/.

    The 's is incorrect at all times with the pronoun: its hat. It's' always means it is/has.

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    Thank you but I am not clear about what you said. Could you explain to me what you meant by "Try this: add the 's if it is pronounced in speaking the word-- /'kæm pə səz/, /'djoun zəz'/" . Could you give me an example where 's it is not pronounced. Also, I don't understand what these characters above mean! Sorry, is my computer acting funny or am I totally out of it?!
    Thank you so much again

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    Re: 's

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    's is usually not pronounced, and therefore not written, in Jesus'.

    It is important for you to learn the INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ALPHABET.

    Also, there is further information on possessive 's HERE

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    Hello Teacher! That was very helpful...Thank you very much. I've always gotten confused with the names ending with S or Z so it is great to know how it works. BTW the phonetic website is also great. Talk about being out of hah? I thought my computer was playing tricks on me!!!
    Thank you very much

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