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  1. fevnix
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    apostrophes with proper nouns

    When writing a person's surname ending in "s" and referring to an action or noun belonging to that person, which is the correct way to writer, is it, eg

    Mrs Fergus's cats are always outdoors; or

    Mrs Fergus' cats are always outdoors.

    Uncertain as to the general rule and cannot find in any of the lists.

    many thanks.

    Heather

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    Re: apostrophes with proper nouns

    There is vigorous disagreement on this, even among native speakers.

    I would write "Mrs. Fergus's cat" and say "Fergus-iz."

    Others say quite firmly that it's "Mrs. Fergus' cat" and you don't say the "iz."

    There are some classic names, like Socrates and Jesus, that don't take the 's.

    My advice is just to be consistent.
    Don't write "Mrs. Fergus's" in one place and "Mr. Gomez' dog" in another.

    {not a teacher}

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    Re: apostrophes with proper nouns

    I believe the rule is that if the noun ends in "S" then (s') is the punctuation; but it is pronounced the same as ('s). I had this brain lock about two weeks ago, and got some help from his very web site.
    B.

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