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    the possessive form of a name that ends with "s" - Chris's or Chris'

    In English, do you add "s" after the apostrophe of the possessive form of a name that ends with "s"?
    For example, do you say "Chris's book" or "Chris' book"?
    If it's "Chris's book", how do you pronounce the "s" after the apostrophe, [s] or [z]?
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    Re: the possessive form of a name that ends with "s" - Chris's or Chris'

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    In English, do you add "s" after the apostrophe of the possessive form of a name that ends with "s"?
    For example, do you say "Chris's book" or "Chris' book"?
    If it's "Chris's book", how do you pronounce the "s" after the apostrophe, [s] or [z]?
    Thank you.
    Chris's = Chris-is.

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    Re: the possessive form of a name that ends with "s" - Chris's or Chris'

    I say Chris-iz.

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    Re: the possessive form of a name that ends with "s" - Chris's or Chris'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I say Chris-iz.
    So do I, but I'd use a schwa for the second 'i'. I'm pretty sure most people would say /z/ at the end.
    I also write Chris' usually.

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    Re: the possessive form of a name that ends with "s" - Chris's or Chris'

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    So do I, but I'd use a schwa for the second 'i'. I'm pretty sure most people would say /z/ at the end.
    I also write Chris' usually.
    Style guides vary in their opinions about possessives of names ending in S. Many say that if you pronounce it, you should write it. I write Chris's.

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