Re: GRAMMAR: s's vs. s'

Michael Lorrey (
Sun, 26 Jan 1997 11:46:11 -0500

Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:
> [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).
> --

I guess I wasn't clear. Descartes would be Descartes' in the posessive,
rather than Descartes's as was stated in your prior post. Descarte's is
completely wrong, and I can see how you would infer that from my
previous post.


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