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    Socrates' OR Socrates's

    After viewing 3 books: 1. Digest, 2. English grammar in use, and 3. Practical English usage, on possessive apostrophe, in just one book, the last reference, it is written: for older and foreign names ending in s we can use either 's or '. However it claims that using 's is more common.
    To be sure I ask you if it is correct to say
    1. Socrates' ideas
    OR
    2. Socrates's ideas

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    Re: Socrates' OR Socrates's

    Both methods are used. I believe that the 's method is more common.

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    Re: Socrates' OR Socrates's

    As a matter of fact, my practical rule is: We use 's except when the word is a plural noun ending in s.

    John's car.
    Chris's car.
    My parents' car.
    My boss's car.

    Is it correct?

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    Re: Socrates' OR Socrates's

    The apostophe 's' is used and is pronounced 'Socrateses', like the possessive used after names ending with 's', e.g. Jameses, Rosses, Thomases, etc
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Socrates' OR Socrates's

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    As a matter of fact, my practical rule is: We use 's except when the word is a plural noun ending in s.

    John's car.
    Chris's car.
    My parents' car.
    My boss's car.

    Is it correct?
    That is a pretty good practical rule.

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