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    #1

    Post possesive form

    Which of the sentences are correct?

    The nose's holes...
    The nose' holes..

    NB: The name of the person is Mise.
    Mise's bag is cute.
    Mise' bag is cute.

    Is there any rule for this?
    Thanks in advance!

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    #2

    Re: possesive form

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Which of the sentences are correct?

    The nose's holes...
    The nose' holes..

    NB: The name of the person is Mise.
    Mise's bag is cute.
    Mise' bag is cute.

    Is there any rule for this?
    Thanks in advance!
    Nose holes
    Mise's bag -- Don't treat this differently just because Mise's name ends in an es or zee sound.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Post Re: possesive form

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Nose holes
    Mise's bag -- Don't treat this differently just because Mise's name ends in an es or zee sound.
    But I don't know how to pronounce "Mise's" or how it is being read.
    thanks in advance.

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    #4

    Re: possesive form

    It doesn't matter how it's pronounced. A single person, with a possession, gets an 's.

    Jim. Jim's bag.
    Mary. Mary's bag.
    Mise. Mise's bag.
    James. James's bag.

    Some people disagree about "James." They suggest it should be James'. I am not one of those people, but if you see James' bag, that's why.

    Some people also say that with "classic" names like Jesus or Socrates, you should also just use the ' without the 's.

    Since I say "james-iz" and "gee-zus-iz" it makes sense to me to add the 's.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: possesive form

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    The nose's holes.
    I have no argument with the punctuation, but I'd never use the expression, and I have never heard it used. I'd always call them 'nostrils'. If somebody didn't know the word, I might explain it as 'the two holes in your nose' but 'nose's hole' ? No.

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