GRAMMAR: s's vs. s'

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Sat, 25 Jan 1997 23:20:06 -0600

[Interjects Lorrey:]
> Sorry, any name naturally ending in s gets an apostrophe only when in
> the posessive. I don't know what school of non grammer you learned at,
> but that was something I did definitely learn.

Say WHAT? Nobody is saying Descarte's. Descarte's is NEVER, EVER
right, possessive or no possessive, although I do occasionally write
(and backspace over) "Chalmer's".

We're debating Descartes' vs. Descartes's, for the possessive of course,
and I happen to have a reknowned grammar book ("The Elements of Style")
in front of me, and I also happen to be right (unless the style has
changed since whenever the book was published, which is a possibility).

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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