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    Possessive noun

    I am sure this is correct:

    This is John's car.

    Can we say:

    This is James's car.

    I am confused with the usage of Apostrophe here.

    Please help!

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: Possessive noun

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    I am sure this is correct:

    This is John's car.

    Can we say:

    This is James's car.

    I am confused with the usage of Apostrophe here.

    Please help!

    Thank you in advance

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, 2010.

    (1) "This is James's car" is 100% correct English. It is absolutely

    perfect. I believe that THE NEW YORK TIMES, our most important

    newspaper, still uses this kind of apostrophe.

    ***** BUT *****

    (2) Most Americans just write: This is James' car.

    (a) They think the second "s" is funny-looking & unnecessary.

    P. S. When you speak, you should say "Jameses car," but

    some just say "James car."

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: Possessive noun

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, 2010.

    (1) "This is James's car" is 100% correct English. It is absolutely

    perfect. I believe that THE NEW YORK TIMES, our most important

    newspaper, still uses this kind of apostrophe.

    ***** BUT *****

    (2) Most Americans just write: This is James' car.

    (a) They think the second "s" is funny-looking & unnecessary.

    P. S. When you speak, you should say "Jameses car," but

    some just say "James car."

    Have a nice day!

    Thank you very much for your kind reply Sir!

    One more question:

    When we say, "This is James' car"

    Does using the apostrophe after the word refers to a plural form of it.

    Please advice

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    Re: Possessive noun

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Thank you very much for your kind reply Sir!

    One more question:

    When we say, "This is James' car"

    Does using the apostrophe after the word refers to a plural form of it.

    Please advice
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello again.

    (1) I don't quite understand. There is no plural involved.

    John's car = one car that belongs to John. There is one John and one car.

    If you wanted to refer to more than one man named John, then you

    can say: There are many Johns in this class. (no apostrophe)

    (2) Same thing:

    James's car = one car owned by James.

    Wow! There are five Jameses in this class. (Five men whose name is

    James.)

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: Possessive noun

    I am sorry if I wasn't clear.

    I have seen it somewhere, which says if an apostrophe is followed after the word that ends with "s", it takes a plural form.

    If i get to see that info again, I will certainly let you know.

    Thank you and sorry for bothering.

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    Re: Possessive noun

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    I am sorry if I wasn't clear.

    I have seen it somewhere, which says if an apostrophe is followed after the word that ends with "s", it takes a plural form.

    If i get to see that info again, I will certainly let you know.

    Thank you and sorry for bothering.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Please feel free to post as many questions as you wish. That is why

    this website exists: to help sincere people like you who have questions

    about the international language.

    Maybe (maybe) you are talking about this:

    There are two boys. The two boys own one automobile together. They

    each contributed $5,000 to buy the $10,000 car. So we can talk about

    the boys' car. = the one car that belongs to the two boys.

    If each boy had his own car, then we can say: the boys' carS.

    (BUT: this could also mean that the boys jointly own two cars. That is,

    they each contributed money to buy the two cars, which belong to both

    of them.)


    The child's toys. = the toys of one child.

    The children's toys. = the toys of two or more children.

    The use of apostrophes is difficult. Many native speakers do not

    understand, either. The people at this website are delighted to

    answer any questions that you may have.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: Possessive noun

    Thank you very much Sir!

    That is exactly I was having doubts with.

    very much appreciated!!!

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