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  1. Newbie
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    possesive

    Hi, I came across a problem when writing my essay. Do you say: Brutus's friend or Brutus' friend? (meaning - Brutus has a friend)I googled both possibilities. Is there a rule for adding ' or 's with names?
    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: possesive

    There is no hard and fast rule. The rule I prefer is "if you pronounce the 's', then spell it". I would say Brutuses, so I would write it as Brutus's.

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    Re: possesive

    I agree with Mike. That's how most BrE speakers say and write it, too.

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