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    Default apostrophe after 's'

    Hi,
    I don't know whether I should be writing "British Gas's first ever use of..." or "British Gas' first ever use of...".
    Or, for variety, "Jonathan Ross's new suit" as opposed to "Jonathan Ross' new suit".
    I would also value knowing whether this is a matter of style, or rule. I hope you don't mind me asking even though English is my first language.
    Many thanks in anticipation!

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    aliaa Guest

    Default Re: apostrophe after 's'

    Hi there

    The s' or 's is not a matter of style, it is a rule. If the noun ends with an s , put only apostrophe after it, if it doesn't , put the apostrophe then s

    All of us have problems with our native languages

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    Default Re: apostrophe after 's'

    Quote Originally Posted by Manoffthetelly
    Hi,
    I don't know whether I should be writing "British Gas's first ever use of..." or "British Gas' first ever use of...".
    Or, for variety, "Jonathan Ross's new suit" as opposed to "Jonathan Ross' new suit".
    I would also value knowing whether this is a matter of style, or rule. I hope you don't mind me asking even though English is my first language.
    Many thanks in anticipation!
    IT`S THE GRAMMAR RULE Of THE GENITIVE CASE

    If we have a plural form ending in -s, we add only the apostrophe, as in the following example: the boys` bikes

    With proper names the situation is different :

    The Blakes` mansion - The Blakes is a plural noun[the members of the Blake family]
    Mrs Woods`s purse --Mrs Woods is an ordinary person
    Cervantes` novels - Cervantes is a well-known foreign writer who died a long time ago
    Pythagoras` Theorem - Pythagoras is considered to be a classical[man]
    but
    Dickens`s prose style - Dickens is famous and died a long time ago but he is English.

    Consequently, we can conclude by saying that only the apostrophe is used with classical names [ Roman and Greek] and famous foreign names [ not English] which refer to people who died a long time ago.

    Thus, you should be writing : "British Gas's first ever use of..." and "Jonathan Ross's new suit"

    Nevertheless, there have been some changes lately regarding these rules, so, you can also say or write "British Gas` first ever use.." without being considered a major mistake,or, at least, this is my opinion on that.
    All the best
    Last edited by sheena55ro; 04-Jul-2006 at 19:37.

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    Default Re: apostrophe after 's'

    Some say that foreign names and surnames should take the second 's', but it's an area that is rapidly becoming a matter of personal choice.

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