Re: GRAMMAR: s's vs. s'

E. Shaun Russell (
Sat, 25 Jan 1997 21:30:13 -0800 (PST)

On 25/01/97, Eli wrote:

[I'm laughing while I'm writing this, so forgive any missed apostrophe's's]

>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".

That is because Descartes' name is Descartes. The apostrophe
signifies the possesive. Chalmers is the same way: Chalmers'. Any name
that ends with an 's' uses an apostrophe to represent the possesive. Any
other case has apostrophe + 's' as the possesive.

By the way, both of you were arguing for exactly the same point,
except you were both on different wavelengths. *That*, I think, is funny.

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-E. Shaun Russell

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