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    apostrophe

    Mrs. Turgeon's injuries or Mrs. Turgeons' injuries?


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    Re: apostrophe

    Depends on whether the lady is Mrs Turgeon or Mrs Turgeons. If the former, then Mrs Turgeon's ; if the latter, the Mrs Turgeons's.

    Mrs Turgeons' could indicate more than one Mrs Turgeon.

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    Re: apostrophe

    Aglika's answer is the rule that I prefer, but you will sometimes see Mrs Turgeons' (if the name is Turgeons). There is disagreement on this point -- what do you do with a proper name ending in -s -- but "Turgeons's" is now becoming more popular.

    Some people accept the modern version for most names, but insist on the more traditional apostrophe-only version for classical names -- Archimedes' Principle, Jesus' parables, Descartes' philosophy and so on.

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