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    Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Let's say Barnes is the name of a person. What is the possessive form of Barnes? Is this Barnes's or just Barnes' ? How do you pronounce it?

    I am aware of the rules, but I don't know how to apply these rules to this specific case.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    I am aware of the rules, but I don't know how to apply these rules to this specific case.
    For singular names ending in -s, the regular genitive is usual: Barnes's, but sometimes these nouns are treated as if they were plural nouns: Barnes'.
    The latter form is frequent with archaic names.

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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    For singular names ending in -s, the regular genitive is usual: Barnes's, but sometimes these nouns are treated as if they were plural nouns: Barnes'.
    The latter form is frequent with archaic names.
    I am aware of what you said and this is the reason why I asked the questions in the first post.
    How would we treat this name of Barnes?

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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Let's say Barnes is the name of a person. What is the possessive form of Barnes? Is this Barnes's or just Barnes' ? How do you pronounce it?

    I am aware of the rules, but I don't know how to apply these rules to this specific case.

    Thanks for your help.
    H
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Great question. Here in the United States, many people write: James' house. A few people and an occasional newspaper (such as The New York Times) will write: James's house. Regarding pronunciation, I'm not sure. I'm guessing that many (most?) pronounce it like: James house. Personally, I pronounce it the "correct" way: Jameses house. But one book said sometimes there are so many S sounds that you just can't pronounce all of them. The book's example was: Texas's capital. The book said you have three S sounds there. Thank you.


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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    I am aware of what you said and this is the reason why I asked the questions in the first post.
    How would we treat this name of Barnes?
    1. Barnes'
    2. Barnes's

    2. is more frequent.

    This is what I said and you were aware of.

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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Great question. Here in the United States, many people write: James' house. A few people and an occasional newspaper (such as The New York Times) will write: James's house. Regarding pronunciation, I'm not sure. I'm guessing that many (most?) pronounce it like: James house. Personally, I pronounce it the "correct" way: Jameses house. But one book said sometimes there are so many S sounds that you just can't pronounce all of them. The book's example was: Texas's capital. The book said you have three S sounds there. Thank you.
    So you go with Barnes', am I right?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    I would use Barnes'

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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    1. Barnes'
    2. Barnes's

    2. is more frequent.

    This is what I said and you were aware of.
    OK, now I got your opinion. Your two posts are not clearly equivalent to me. Thanks.

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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use Barnes'
    Thank you, Bhai.
    I think so, because "Barnses" (Barns's) is more difficult to pronounce than "Barns" (Barns').

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    Re: Possessive form of Barnes and the way it is pronounced

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Thank you, Bhai.
    I think so, because "Barnses" (Barns's) is more difficult to pronounce than "Barns" (Barns').
    Yes, I think if you say "Barnses" it sounds like you have a speech impediment.

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