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    Default possessive form

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me how you would pronounce these expressions ?

    Sophocles’s, Socrates’s /'sɔfəkli:z/ OR /'sɔfəkli:ziz/ writings
    Marcus Aurelius’s /'ma:kəs ɔ:'ri:liəs/ OR /'ma:kəs ɔ:'ri:liəsiz/ meditations
    Jesus /ʤi:zəs/ OR /ʤi:zəsiz/ teachings
    Moses /məuziz/ OR /məuziziz/ children
    Achilles /ə'kili:z/ OR /ə'kili:ziz/ heel
    Hercules /'hз:kjuli:z/ OR /'hз:kjuli:ziz/ strength
    Ramses/ræmsi:z/ OR /ræmsi:ziz/ reign
    Xerxes /'xer/ OR /'xeriz/ conquest [do you say /'xer/ OR /xe'r/]


    Tess’s /tesiz/mother
    Loch Ness’s /nesiz/other monster
    Black Bess’s /besiz/younger sister
    the princess’s /prinsesiz/pillow
    Jones /ʤəunz/ OR Jones’s /ʤəunziz/ house.

    Thank you for your help.
    Hela

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    Default Re: possessive form

    Here's what I would use:
    Sophocles’s, Socrates’s /'sɔfəkli:z/
    Marcus Aurelius’s /'ma:kəs ɔ:'ri:liəsiz/ meditations
    Jesus /ʤi:zəsiz/ teachings
    Moses /məuziz/ OR /məuziziz/ children
    Achilles /ə'kili:z/ heel
    Hercules /'hз:kjuli:z/ strength
    Ramses/ræmsi:z/ reign
    XerxesOR /'xereksiz/ conquest
    Tess’s /tesiz/mother
    Loch Ness’s /nesiz/other monster
    Black Bess’s /besiz/younger sister
    the princess’s /prinsesiz/pillow
    Jones’s /ʤəunziz/ house.
    Others may well do them diffeently- it's an area where there are some differences.

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    Thank you!

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