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05-10-2010, 06:14 PM
 
Apostrophe Help!
Can someone who understands English grammar better than I do please explain to me the correct use of " s' " for names ending in S?

For example, would you write "I returned Mr. Jones' book yesterday" or "Mr. Jones's book"?

I feel dumb for having to ask, but the Little Brown Handbook is lost somewhere.
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05-10-2010, 07:42 PM
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It's the first way. Now, it if was plural it would be as follows, "I love the Joneses' new car."
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05-10-2010, 10:12 PM
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If the name ends in S, the apostrophe goes after.
Why? Because it just sounds more fluent.

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05-10-2010, 11:08 PM
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Jones's is a really big grammar mistake used in America and similar British spin off countries. It should be Jones' though.

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06-10-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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My English teacher told me it is Jones's. Must be American English. I don't think it matters.
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06-10-2010, 02:07 PM
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Both are technically correct. Depends on preference, really.

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08-10-2010, 06:17 PM
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I highly recommend a book called "Eats shoots and leaves" to solve all your grammar problems. It's both entertaining and educational.

You're on your own for spelling, though.

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08-10-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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Just change the name to Smith and you won't have that problem anymore. But my vote is for Jones'
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09-10-2010, 05:50 PM
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Eats Shoots and leaves is a very good book, but a lot of the rules do not apply to American grammar. It's dedicated Brit English.
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09-10-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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The Brits did invent English, so I'm kind of inclined to think they get it better than we do. Smile
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