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    which is the correct phrase

    please advise which is the correct phrase:

    (a) witness' signature or (a) witness's signature

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    #2

    Re: which is the correct phrase

    Which phrase is correct:
    (a) witness' signature or
    (a) witness' signature


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    Re: which is the correct phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by ramlal View Post
    please advise which is the correct phrase:

    (a) witness' signature or (a) witness's signature

    Witness's signature


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    #4

    Re: which is the correct phrase

    both

    but grammatically speaking, a witness' signature is the right one


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    Re: which is the correct phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by loui View Post
    both

    but grammatically speaking, a witness' signature is the right one
    Nah.

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    #6

    Re: which is the correct phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by loui View Post
    both

    but grammatically speaking, a witness' signature is the right one
    Yes, and no.


    Some authorities say use 's, others recommend "avoiding excess of s's" by use of the apostrophe only, and still others say use an apostrophe alone if the "resulting word is difficult to pronounce."

    Examples (pronounceable, so use s)
    Congress's authority
    witness's testimony


    Examples (unpronounceable, so no s)
    Congress' sake
    witness' signature


    Source

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    #7

    Re: which is the correct phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    Nah.

    Nah.

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    #8

    Re: which is the correct phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Nah.
    The words have failed me,
    there's nothing more to say,
    Nah nah nah nah nah
    Nah nah ~ Ian Brown


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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Nah.
    LMAO!


    But... but...

    What does you post mean?

    Do we agree or disagree?



    I think witness' is an absurd affectation, utterly outdated, and in actual fact, speakers SAY
    "The witness's signature appears to be forged."

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    #10

    Re: which is the correct phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    LMAO!


    But... but...

    What does you post mean?

    Do we agree or disagree?



    I think witness' is an absurd affectation, utterly outdated, and in actual fact, speakers SAY
    "The witness's signature appears to be forged."
    They are both used and both correct, I don't have any strong feelings about it either way.

    I was a little surprised by the brief reponse "Nah" to loui's post.

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