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Re: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?
Subject:Re: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe? From:Jay L Gordon <jaylgordon -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:36:36 -0500
Folks, before the original question gets lost, below are some names that *actually do* end in an apostrophe, and they are all names of students *at my university* (not some far-flung, made-up place). And the original question was: how do you show the possessive for these names (aside from rewriting them). I know thereâs no absolute rule for this or anything else, but what would people suggest? I do think the one suggestion (simply add an âsâ) makes sense, but of course thatâs not consistent with possessive apostrophe rules.
In part I just thought this was an interesting question. To disbelieve such names exist is ok, I guess, but they do exist. My guess is that perhaps they are supposed to be *spoken* with an accented vowel at the end (notice they all end in a vowel, mostly âeâ), but they are written with an apostrophe (which is what may well be on the studentsâ birth certificates).
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