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    Possessive s

    Hi forum.

    Here a quote from CNN:

    Baghdatis' reward was a semifinal against France's Julien Benneteau, who won 6-2 6-4 against U.S-based Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr.

    The player's name is Marcos Baghdatis. Shouldn't it be Baghdatis's reward...?

    Thanks for helping!

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    Re: Possessive s

    * Not a teacher

    No. When the word ends in "s" you do not add the possessive "s" (also called Saxon genitive) anymore, just the apostrophe.

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    #3

    Re: Possessive s

    Argh. There seem to be more rules for this. This is what I found in an English grammar section:

    Charles's toys.

    It says that after names (singular) that end with s we use another 's.

    Could it be that there are two valid rules for this matter? Or is this another American English - English -English issue? Or should I just go and buy another grammar book?

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    #4

    Re: Possessive s

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    Argh. There seem to be more rules for this. This is what I found in an English grammar section:

    Charles's toys.

    It says that after names (singular) that end with s we use another 's.

    Could it be that there are two valid rules for this matter? Or is this another American English - English -English issue? Or should I just go and buy another grammar book?
    There is no rule. I use an apostrophe after the "s", others will add apostrophe followed by "s".

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    #5

    Re: Possessive s

    So both forms are correct and I myself can decide what to take?

    Baghdatis' reward Charles' toys
    Baghdatis's reward Charles's toys

    Only thing is to be constant then....

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    Re: Possessive s

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    So both forms are correct and I myself can decide what to take? Yes.

    Baghdatis' reward Charles' toys
    Baghdatis's reward Charles's toys

    Only thing is to be constant then....
    Yes. Be consistent.

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    Re: Possessive s

    You can browse the links here if you want more examples and opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    Hi forum.

    Here a quote from CNN:

    Baghdatis' reward was a semifinal against France's Julien Benneteau, who won 6-2 6-4 against U.S-based Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr.

    The player's name is Marcos Baghdatis. Shouldn't it be Baghdatis's reward...?

    Thanks for helping!
    Normal practice is to add only an apostrophe after a single s, but 's after a double s. Thus e.g.

    Charles' friends

    but

    Tess's mother.

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    #9

    Re: Possessive s

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Normal practice is to add only an apostrophe after a single s, but 's after a double s. Thus e.g.

    Charles' friends....but''''Tess's mother.
    COCA has 931 examples of James's and 330 of James', so it appears that 's is more common in both cases.

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    #10

    Re: Possessive s

    The omission of the 's' may well be more common in AmE. It is, however, clearly not a point worth arguing about.

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