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    James' or James's

    Hello.

    Should it be James' book or James's book?

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    Re: James' or James's

    Click here and scroll down to the fifth entry to read lots of earlier threads on this very topic.

    I found that page by entering your thread title into the Search box at the top of the page.

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    Re: James' or James's

    Thank you. I read that both can be used. What about other names like Jesus, Carlos, Luis, etc? Will both forms be correct too?

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    #5

    Re: James' or James's

    Although both may be acceptable, I prefer "James's".
    This is because:
    1- There's no need to learn and use a sub-rule for names ending in "s" or "z".
    2- There's no chance of mispronouncing "James's" (dʒeɪmzəz) as "James" (dʒeɪmz).

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    #6

    Re: James' or James's

    I searched for apostrophe s and found this https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/266181
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    #7

    Re: James' or James's

    Not a teacher
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    I was taught the s is written when it's pronounced, so Charles's, Jesus's, boss's, children's, parents'.

    Am I correct?

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    #8

    Re: James' or James's

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Thank you. I read that both can be used. What about other names like Jesus, Carlos, Luis, etc? Will both forms be correct too?
    Are they first names or surnames?

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    Re: James' or James's

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
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    I was taught the s is written when it's pronounced, so Charles's, Jesus's, boss's, children's, parents'.

    Am I correct?
    I think you are. I know that when people say Jesus' they don't pronounce an additional syllable.
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    #10

    Re: James' or James's

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post

    Should it be James' book or James's book?

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    Hello, Ms. Adams:

    1. Would you write or say "This is Tom book?" Of course, not. You would refer to "Tom's book."

    2. Since "James" ends in an "s" sound, you would refer to "Jameses" book. It would sound strange to ask "Do you know where James book is?"

    a. But I think that it is accurate to say that most Americans in 2019 write "James' book." Hopefully, they pronounce it as "Jameses." In writing, many people consider the extra "s" as unnecessary clutter. Because I am very old (82 years old), I feel more comfortable following the traditional rule: "This is James's book."

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