Re: GRAMMAR: s's vs. s'

Eivind Berge (
Mon, 27 Jan 1997 01:30:23 +0100 (MET)

_The Elements of Style_ is supposed to be the best usage manual ever written;
I have wanted it for a long time, and finally ordered it about a week ago.

_The Oxford Companion to the English Language_ has a long article on the

<<With names of classical origin, a second "s" is not usually added,
especially when the end sound of a word is /z/ rather than /s/:
"Xerxes' battle," "Socrates' pupils.">>

"Descartes" is not of classical origin.

While we are discussing style, I must say that I very much cherish the
American English rules for quotation marks. Please observe tradition and
don't use logical quotation if you write American English.

Eivind Berge