and the uncertainty is often greatest when the first word is a plural ending in s. we know that we add an apostrophe to show possession or ownership with nouns: john’ s dog, the school’ s mascot, her parents’ mistakes.
but if a word isn’ t possessive, does it sometimes get an apostrophe anyway? short answer: yes. and unlike the other cases, the possessive case still exists not only for pronouns, but for almost every noun, including proper nouns and common nouns. here’ s an example of each, all in one phrase: “ aardvark’ s mother’ s birthday.
” “ aardvark’ s” and “ mother’ s” are both in the possessive case. the possessive form of a noun or pronoun is used to show ownership. when writing the possessive form of almost all other singular nouns, the writer is instructed to add an apostrophe followed by an “ s” at the end of the word. examples include “ the duck’ s quack, ” “ the girl’ s doll, ” and “ the man’ s son.
Johnson’ s hat, possessive names ending in s grammar girl books ms. Questionable alphas: dominant, possessive, jealous, controlling, sometimes scary but always hot. Thus, the following are correct: the boss' s priorities congress' s committees bridget jones' s diary.
, smith’ s,, study). I know the rule varies with place names, as in st james' s park ( also st james' park) and personal names ( socrates' works, but jesus' s message). The possessive names ending in s grammar girl books weight of the authorities. Just call it “ ross’ s rule.
40 responses to “ possessive of proper names ending in s” nancy romness on aug 9: 37 am. Try possessive names ending in s grammar girl books to avoid sounding like hissing sid though. Paris' s outdoor cafes are very popular. The basic rule is simple enough: a possessive form is spelled with ' s at the. ” therefore, the singular possessive would be cosmos’ s.
” in many areas of life, such cavalier carelessness is a bad idea. The car is elizabeth' s and mine. The first rule— the most important thing to remember when. When it comes to possessives, last names are, again, like other nouns. We make names that don’ t end in s possessive possessive names ending in s grammar girl books by adding ‘ s— for example, mr. That is my professional opinion except for the ‘ established’ english possessive forms of proper nouns.
Mignon is possessive names ending in s grammar girl books the author of the new york times best- seller " grammar girl' s quick and dirty tips for better writing" and six other books on writing. However, this doesn' t apply if the name ends with a letter other than s, even if it' s pronounced with an s. There are a few different ways to form the possessive of a noun.
My post from february explains the matter: possessing your name possessively. If the name ends in s, like charles, we usually treat it like a singular noun and add ' s: charles' s friend. We’ ll discuss these ways. Possessive last names. For plural nouns we possessive names ending in s grammar girl books simply add an apostrophe except for those few plural nouns that do not end in s.
I would like to know if there is a general rule for using apostrophe- s possessives for names ending in s, particularly names of companies: for example, would we say " ups' s services" or " ups' services"? A1– elementary english grammar and exercises. A possessive modifier is a possessive form of noun or pronoun added to another noun to show something other than possession. In most cases, for singular nouns to show that possession, we add an apostrophe + s.
Grammar- ease: showing possession with words ending in ‘ s’ ma ma / lisa j. For plural nouns we simply an apostrophe except for those few plural nouns that do not end in s. With the addition of ’ s ( or sometimes just the apostrophe), a noun can change from a simple possessive names ending in s grammar girl books person, place, or thing to a person, place, or thing that possessive names ending in s grammar girl books owns something. In possessive names ending in s grammar girl books the possessive names ending in s grammar girl books opposite case possessive names ending in s grammar girl books of a name which ends in a silent s, the possessive names ending in s grammar girl books possessive is usually formed by adding an apostrophe in writing, but the apostrophe causes the silent s to be.
Thanks for this clarification, maeve. Many writers make the possessive names ending in s grammar girl books mistake of adding just an apostrophe to form the possessive of singular nouns ending in ‑ s. You don' t have to add an ' s to the pronoun because it' s already possessive without the apostrophe. In that case, add an ' s to the noun that comes before the pronoun. Use ' s to say that something belongs to a person; use ' whose' to ask about this person.
Bill' s and my cat ate dog food. However, it is also correct to just add the apostrophe: charles' friend. Plurals, possessives, and surnames oh my!
As a spanish term, the city’ s name is a singular noun, plural in form, but if we consider it fully anglicized, does it then count possessive names ending in s grammar girl books as a regular singular? An apostrophe is used in a possessive form, like esther' s family or janet' s cigarettes, and this is the use of the apostrophe which causes most of the trouble. Maybe you know to write i met the smiths, i drove brenda smith' s ferrari, and i visited the smiths' house. See also our rules for apostrophes and the post apostrophes with words ending in s. When indicating the possessive, if there is more than one owner add an apostrophe to the plural, if there is one owner, add ' s to the singular ( the smiths' car vs smith' s car). Use apostrophe- s for all proper nouns ( names).
The possessive case shows ownership. Forming possessives with singular names by tyler krupa i don’ t think that i’ possessive names ending in s grammar girl books possessive names ending in s grammar girl books m revealing a big grammar secret by letting you know that possessive names ending in s grammar girl books the possessive of a singular possessive names ending in s grammar girl books name is formed by adding an apostrophe and an s ( e. According to rule 1 in this “ apostrophes with words ending in s” blog, “ to show singular possession for a word ending in an s or s sound, use the apostrophe and another s. Whose, possessive ' s.
Names are pluralized like regular words. For example: john' s books are in his locker. A 1772 edition of joseph priestley’ s the rudiments of english grammar, for example, says the possessive “ is formed by adding ( s) with an apostrophe before it” to a singular noun.
The following are acceptable spellings for these possessive names ending in s grammar girl books names ending in s: jesus’ s or jesus’ prime minister of mauritius’ s speech or prime minister of mauritius’ speech. Charles' s job was on the line. Avoid two of the most common contraction– apostrophe errors: the contraction of it is is it’ s, and the contraction of let us is let’ s; without the apostrophe, its is the possessive possessive names ending in s grammar girl books form of it, and lets is a form of the verb let, as in “ to allow or permit. Want to find out more about english grammar possessive names ending in s grammar girl books usage possessives? Schiller, taming my prince. The grammar possessive names ending in s grammar girl books girl podcast possessive names ending in s grammar girl books has also won best education possessive names ending in s grammar girl books podcast multiple times in the podcast awards, and mignon is an inductee in the podcasting hall of fame.
But the chicago manual of style says that forming the possessive with names ending in s is just like forming the possessive with names that don’ t end in s: add an apostrophe- s ( ’ s). Examples include one with a singular noun ending in “ s” ( “ venus’ s beauty” ). Thus, — descartes’ s philosophy ( pronounced daycárt’ s).
For example: - charles' job was on the line. ” better yet, remember it as strunk & white’ s “ first rule, ” which it’ s been since that classic’ s first edition: form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ’ s. We often use possessive ' s with proper nouns ( names) : mary' s car, sarah' s son, or robert' s book. When final s is silent ( as in many french names), ’ s must of course be added in the possessive. Mignon fogarty ( better known as grammar girl), for example, prefers to leave the extra s off. Use it, too, after plurals that do not end in s: children' possessive names ending in s grammar girl books s, frenchmen' s, possessive names ending in s grammar girl books media' s.
The first possessive names ending in s grammar girl books option is more common. Or does the plural form carry through? This is rule 1, page 1 of strunk & white' s the elements of style. The possessive of that word is conscience’ s.
In most cases, for singular nouns to show that possession, we add an apostrophe and an a ( ‘ s). There are two schools of thought regarding singular nouns, possessive names ending in s grammar girl books including singular last names, ending in s. A possessive noun is a noun that names who or what owns or has possession of something.
When an added - s would lead to three closely bunched s or z sounds just use an apostrophe at the end. The map of ulysses' journey. Apostrophes with names ending in s, ch, or z. Are you confused about how to show the plural and the possessive of certain names? Names ending with the letter s are usually made possessive by adding an apostrophe s possessive names ending in s grammar girl books to the existing s at the end of the word, because that is how they' re pronounced. The word conscience does not end in s.
Jackson if a word already ends in an s, do you add another s to make it possessive? People' s names that end in " possessive names ending in s grammar girl books s" you can write ( ' ) at the end, or add ( ' s). Today is jeremy, catherine' s, and my last day of school. For names ending in s, you can either add an apostrophe + s, or just an apostrophe. Smith’ s umbrella.
But in this case, not thinking is actually better than thinking. When pronouncing a possessive name, we add the sound / z/ to the end of the name. Should the possessive form of los angeles include the extra s? The economist' s style guide covers the singular possessive as follows: use the normal possessive ending ' s after singular words or names that end in s: boss' s, caucus' s, delors' s, st james' s, jones' s, shanks' s. By kathy sieckman, pp, pls- sc, possessive names ending in s grammar girl books acp continuing with an article that appeared in last month’ s issue of the nals docket, we will talk specifically about using apostrophes with surnames ( a person’ s last name). Add - es for names ending in " s" or " z" and add - s for everything else.
Exceptions: classical or biblical names, such as moses, which take only an apostrophe: moses’. Possessive singular of nouns ending in s possessive names ending in s grammar girl books : grammar index possessive singular of nouns ending in s to home page. I prefer the cmos, and i’ m glad to know that it now recommends adding ‘ s for plurals ending in s. These names form their possessive as normal: marx' s theories. Books shelved as extremely- possessive- guys: offside by shay savage, his unlikely lover by natasha anders, the do- over by m.
” simple, right? possessives of nouns ending in s. most people regularly write stuff like “ we went to james’ s house” without stopping to think whether it should be “ james’ house.