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    apostrophes

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    I always get confused on where an apostrophe should go for a person whose name ends in s or, indeed, should it even have an extra s? For example, Charles has a toy - should it be Charles' toy or Charles's toy? Can you enlighten me please.

    Thanks - Louise


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    Re: apostrophes

    Charles's toy
    Francis's bike
    St James's Church

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    Re: apostrophes

    For expressing possession by a noun, an apostrophe followed by the letter s are added at the end of the spelling for: (a) Singular or plural nouns NOT ending in the letter s; (b) One-syllable singular nouns ending in the letter s.

    Boy: The boy's bicycle is new.
    Shop: The shop's owner is a friend.

    Men: Men's watches are sold here.
    Mice: Mice's colour is mostly white.

    Bus: The bus's engine belched smoke.
    Gas: The gas's smell was very strong.
    James: James's dad is a teacher.

    Only the apostrophe is added for: (a) Plural nouns ending in the letter s; (b) Multi-syllable singular nouns ending in the letter s.

    Boys: The boys' bicycles are new.
    Boats: Ancient boats' sails were flimsy.

    Physics: Physics' laws govern nature.
    Politics: Politics' rewards is unpredictable.


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    Re: apostrophes

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi

    I always get confused on where an apostrophe should go for a person whose name ends in s or, indeed, should it even have an extra s? For example, Charles has a toy - should it be Charles' toy or Charles's toy? Can you enlighten me please.

    Thanks - Louise
    English names ending in s add an ` s to show possession :
    Charles`s toy
    Plural names also follow the same rule:
    The Smiths`s house
    Foreign names ending in s, add only the apostrophe:
    Euripides` works; Socrates` ideas; Cervantes` novels
    Last edited by Teia; 15-Sep-2007 at 13:09.

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    Re: apostrophes

    The difference is between one syllable and multi-syllable nouns ending in s.


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    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    English names ending in s add an ` s to show possession :
    Charles`s toy
    Plural names also follow the same rule:
    The Smiths`s house
    Foreign names ending in s, add only the apostrophe:
    Euripides` works; Socrates` ideas; Cervantes` novels
    The rule for plural names >> Smith = Smiths = Smiths' ; Jones = Joneses = Joneses'; Tarrant = Tarrants = Tarrants'.

    They do not need the "s" after the apostrophe.

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    Re: apostrophes

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The rule for plural names >> Smith = Smiths = Smiths' ; Jones = Joneses = Joneses'; Tarrant = Tarrants = Tarrants'.

    They do not need the "s" after the apostrophe.
    Yes, you are right. I should have written that plural names add only an apostrophe.

    Thank you.


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    Re: apostrophes

    You're welcome

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    Re: apostrophes

    Apostrophe followed by s
    Singular or plural nouns NOT ending in s, and one-syllable singular nouns (including names) ending in s:

    The shop's front
    Men's watches
    The bus's engine
    Charles's car
    Jones's car

    Apostrophe only
    Plural nouns (including names) ending in s, and multi-syllable singular nouns (including names) ending in s:

    Girls' dresses
    The Joneses' car
    Phyllis' car

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    Re: apostrophes

    Quote Originally Posted by justinwschang View Post
    Apostrophe followed by s
    Singular or plural nouns NOT ending in s, and one-syllable singular nouns (including names) ending in s:

    The shop's front
    Men's watches
    The bus's engine
    Charles's car
    Jones's car

    Apostrophe only
    Plural nouns (including names) ending in s, and multi-syllable singular nouns (including names) ending in s:

    Girls' dresses
    The Joneses' car
    Phyllis' car
    Why not Phillis`s car as in Charles`s car ,or even, Dickens`s novels?

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