Grammar question

Subject: Grammar question
From: Rasil Ahuja <razzdazz -at- VXINDIA -dot- VERITAS -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 13:44:55 +0530

Hello.....

This is what Strunk & White (Elements of Style) have to say on the issue
of the s's.

"For the possessive singular of nouns with 's.

Follow this rule whatever the final consonant:

Charles's friend
Burns's poems
the witch's malice

This is the usage of the US GPO and the Oxford University Press.

Exceptions are the possessives of ancient proper names in -es and -is, the
possessive Jesus', and such forms as for conscience' sake, for
righteousness' sake. But such forms as Achilles' hell, Moses' laws, Isis'
temple are commonly replaced by:

the heel of Achilles
the laws of Moses
the temple of Isis

The pronominal possessives hers, its, theirs, yours and oneself have no
apostrophe."


Hope this helps everyone coz it helped me.

Rasil



Rasil Ahuja
Technical Writer
Veritas Software
Pune, India

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