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    How to make a possive when a proper noun ends in z?

    Can we make a possessive when a proper noun ends in "z"?

    1. The wedding took place at Faraz's home.
    2. The wedditng took place at Faraz' home.
    3. The wedding ook place at Faraz home.
    4. The wedding took place at the home of Faraz.

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    Re: How to make a possive when a proper noun ends in z?

    In the normal way: The wedding took place at Faraz's home.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Apr-2016 at 21:39. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: How to make a possive when a proper noun ends in z?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Can we make a possessive when a proper noun ends in "z"?

    Good question, Aamir! This a tricky point. Some say that if you pronounce the S, you should write it. But that doesn't tell you when to pronounce the S!

    1. The wedding took place at Faraz's home. Yes, 100% correct.
    2. The wedditng took place at Faraz' home. I think most editors would accept this. I like #1 more.
    3. The wedding ook place at Faraz home. No. You need to show that it's possessive.
    4. The wedding took place at the home of Faraz. Yes, 100% correct.

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    I hope that helps!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: How to make a possive when a proper noun ends in z?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I hope that helps!
    It definitely does, It certainly helps a lot. I like the way you explain.

    As far as the fourth one is concerned.
    4. The wedding took place at the home of Faraz. Yes, 100% correct.

    It is hundred percent correct but is it also hundred percent natural? "Because "at the home of Faraz" is it a little longer than "at Faraz's home". What would the native speakers prefer?

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    Re: How to make a possive when a proper noun ends in z?

    This native speaker prefers, 'The wedding took place at Faraz's home'.
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    Re: How to make a possive when a proper noun ends in z?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    This native speaker prefers, 'The wedding took place at Faraz's home'.
    Yes, we would usually say "at Faraz's home." It's not unnatural to say "at the home of Faraz." It would just sound more formal. A story on the society page of a newspaper would use that kind of phrasing.
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