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How would you pronounce the following when answering a phone for a boss whose last name is Beltz? Some people are saying Mr. Beltz’s office, pronouncing the extra s, and someone else thinks you should just say Mr. Beltz office.

Which one is it?

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@jwpat7 Yeah, but this one ends in ‑z, not in ‑s. :) [ducks] –  tchrist Mar 25 '13 at 18:56

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It’s certainly Mr Beltz’s office. Otherwise it sounds like it belongs to one Mr Belt. See this answer to Which singular names ending in “s” form possessives with only a bare apostrophe? for details.

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Thank you so much. That's what I thought was correct, but I just couldn't convince my colleague of it! –  bernadette Mar 25 '13 at 18:58

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