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    Charles Dickens' novel

    Which is correct? When a noun ends with "s", sometimes addtional 's' is omitted.
    Charles Dickens's novel ; Charles Dickens' novel ; Charles Dickens novel
    1)Thanks to this english lecture, I got a chance to read Charles Dickens' novel.

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    Re: Charles Dickens' novel

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Which is correct? When a noun ends with "s", sometimes addtional 's' is omitted.
    Charles Dickens's novel ; Charles Dickens' novel ; Charles Dickens novel
    1)Thanks to this english lecture, I got a chance to read Charles Dickens' novel.
    Your example sentence 1, is the current preference. In speech you say "Dickenses".
    In the sentence "This is a Charles Dickens novel", "Dickens" is not a possessive. "Charles Dickens" works as an adjective, or the whole phrase as a compound noun.

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    Re: Charles Dickens' novel

    This is a Charles Dickens novel.
    This is one of Charles Dickens' novels.

    With such a well-known author, you will hear things like "I'm reading Dickens at the moment". The obvious follow-up question would be "Oh, which one?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Charles Dickens' novel

    'Which one — Charles or Monica (his great-granddaughter)?'

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    Re: Charles Dickens' novel

    Oh yes, Monica Dickens. Everyone's heard of her, surely!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Charles Dickens' novel

    Of course- but why are you calling me Shirley?
    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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