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    the pronunciaiton of the possesive form of Columbus

    Dear all,

    I learned that "Columbus's egg" and "Columbus' egg" are both correct as well as the egg of Columbus.

    Then, what about the pronunciation?

    Are Columbus' and Columbus's the same in pronunciation? Or does Columbus's sound like Columbuses?

    Thank you!

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    Re: the pronunciaiton of the possesive form of Columbus

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    does Columbus's sound like Columbuses?

    Thank you!

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    That's what I would write and say.
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    Re: the pronunciaiton of the possesive form of Columbus

    I would write Columbus' but say it the same way.

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    Re: the pronunciaiton of the possesive form of Columbus

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    One authority says:

    1. Mr. Jones' car.
    2. Mr. Jones's car.

    "No matter how we write the genitive [possessive] in such cases, we normally pronounce it as ['ses']." [my emphases]

    "With some (especially famous) names ending in -s we normally add [only] an apostrophe." His example: Keats' [poetry]. But we can pronounce it as Keats or Keatses in these exceptions.

    -- L.G. Alexander, Longman English Grammar (1988).

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