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    possessive with singular nouns ending with 's'

    I was taught that singular nouns take 's in the possessive case even when they end with 's' eg.

    Charles's book

    Is this rule outdated? Now in grammar books it's stated that we can't say eg. Socrates's garden but Socrates' garden.

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    Re: possessive with singular nouns ending with 's'

    It all depends on how the spoken version sounds. Thus, "Charles's book" rolls smoothly off the tongue, whereas "Socrates's" sounds as though there are far too many "S's" present.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: possessive with singular nouns ending with 's'

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    I was taught that singular nouns take 's in the possessive case even when they end with 's' eg.

    Charles's book

    Is this rule outdated? Now in grammar books it's stated that we can't say eg. Socrates's garden but Socrates' garden.

    Thank you for replies
    There isn't general agreement on this issue. Grammar books and style guides often use different approaches. See the comments on this site: Possessive Forms

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