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    Apostrophes with names that end in 's'

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    I'm confused because I've seen examples like Thomas' and Charles's? Which one is correct? Is there a rule?

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    Re: Apostrophes with names that end in 's'

    BE speakers mostly write Thomas's and Charles's; AE speakers prefer Thomas' and Charles'.

    See also the third of the Similar Threads below, and read more about it here.

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Aug-2013 at 08:43.

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    Re: Apostrophes with names that end in 's'

    Quote Originally Posted by Anewguest View Post
    Good morning,


    I'm confused because I've seen examples like Thomas' and Charles's? Which one is correct? Is there a rule?
    There are a number of rules and the results of the application of these rules ares different. Here are 4. There are probably others.

    1. Always use 's after names ending in S.
    2. Always use 's after names ending in S if you pronounce the final S.
    3. Always use 's after names ending in S unless the pronunciation of the final S will result in a repeated syllable (such as Jesus-es or Moses-es.
    4. Use only an apostrophe after the final s in a name.

    I doubt there will ever be total agreement on this subject. All one can do is pick a rule one likes and be consistent in one's own writing.

    I use rule #2.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Aug-2013 at 23:08. Reason: Fixing typo

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