Re: Apostophe's's'es

Subject: Re: Apostophe's's'es
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 1995 09:27:16 PST

Bonni Graham writes:

>According to Strunk and White, the correct way to create a possessive
>out of a proper noun ending in "s" is with "'s" (e.g., Gwen Barnes's)
>not simply "'" as I wrote.

There is great dissention in the ranks about apostophes and proper
nouns ending in "s" or "z." The CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE agrees
with them, but adds:

"The question of how to form the possessive of names of more than
one syllable ending in the sound of s or z probaby occaisions
more dissention among writers and editors of good will than any other
orthographic matter open to disagreement."

-- Robert

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