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    Question Proper use of apostrophe?

    Hello,

    Please tell me if the following use of apostrophe is correct or not.

    Williams' ouster eventually led to the resignation of NPR chief Vivian Schiller's, and a black eye for its image.

    Is it correct to say 'resignation of NPR chief Vivian Schiller'? Or is the apostrophe needed here?

    This sentence is from this news story
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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe?

    Your correction is right. The apostrophe s is a mistake.

    I expect I'm the only one who didn't know that ouster meant dismissal until I looked it up.

    Rover

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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe?

    Williams' is the form used by some people, but most prefer the clearer Williams's. Schiller's is wrong, It should be Vivian Schiller's resignation or the resignation of Vivian Schiller.

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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe?

    @Rover, thank you. I wonder if 'ouster' as 'dismissal' is more AmE

    @fivejedjon, thank you. Also, thanks for clarifying about Williams'/Williams's

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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe?

    @Gillnetter, thank you.

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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    @Rover, thank you. I wonder if 'ouster' as 'dismissal' is more AmE

    @fivejedjon, thank you. Also, thanks for clarifying about Williams'/Williams's
    "Ouster" is a common expression for the dismissal of a person (usually a public figure) in AmE.

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    Re: Proper use of apostrophe?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Ouster" is a common expression for the dismissal of a person (usually a public figure) in AmE.
    @billmcd, thank you.

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