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    Lewis's

    Hello,

    If we can say: Peter's the best friend of mine

    Can we say: Lewis's the best friend of mine

    Or do we have to say: Lewis is the best......

    Thank you for your help

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    Re: Lewis's

    (I'm not a teacher.)

    In words which end with s, it goes like this:

    Lewis'
    Swiss'
    Beasts'

    Just an apostrophe, no extra s.

    Also, the sentences you wrote should be like this:

    "Peter is a best friend of mine."
    "Lewis is a best friend of mine."

    OR

    "Peter is my best friend."
    "Lewis is my best friend."

    Do you understand why?

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    Re: Lewis's

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazaman View Post
    (I'm not a teacher.)

    In words which end with s, it goes like this:

    Lewis'
    Swiss'
    Beasts'

    Just an apostrophe, no extra s.

    Also, the sentences you wrote should be like this:

    "Peter is a best friend of mine."
    "Lewis is a best friend of mine."

    OR

    "Peter is my best friend."
    "Lewis is my best friend."

    Do you understand why?
    Kazaman, the OP is asking about the contraction not about a possessive. Just adding an apostrophe is never acceptable for a contraction.


    I would pronounce the is when the name ends in -s. I don't know if we "have to".

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    Re: Lewis's

    I would use the full form for a name ending in an "s."

    The idea of a contraction is to save time in pronunciation. "Peter's" instead of "Peter is" saves a syllable.

    "Lewis's" would basically be pronounced the same as "Lewis is." So there is no point to trying to make it a contraction.

    In formal writing, I would use the contraction with neither.

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