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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    possesive form?

    If the word thesis is in singular, which one is correect?

    The thesis' quality...

    The thesis's quality...

    What grammatical rule is used to know this?

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    #2

    Re: possesive form?

    There are two opinions, both valid.

    One is that it's a singular noun, and just because it ends in S doesn't mean we change the rules. thesis's
    The other is that when singular nouns end in S, adding the apostrophe is enough since most people will say "thesis" anyway and not "thesis-iz."

    I belong in the first group and I would write thesis's and say "thesisiz."

    HOWEVER: my best advice on this one, given that you have a thesis and not a person with a name like "James" is to write "the quality of the thesis."
    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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    Re: possesive form?

    Ok, Thanks a lot

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