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Possessive of a word that's already possessive?

I ran into this issue today. Referring to Queen's University, how would you say "I've been accepted to Queen's MA program?"

Would you move the apostrophe over to make it Queens'?

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marked as duplicate by Marthaª, Kosmonaut Mar 2 '11 at 23:58

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Duplicate. –  Kosmonaut Mar 2 '11 at 22:38
    
My apologies, I tried a search for similar questions but I wasn't sure how to phrase my query to get the results I want. –  Vian Esterhuizen Mar 2 '11 at 22:43
    
That's okay. No big deal :) –  Kosmonaut Mar 2 '11 at 22:51
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It would have been so much easier if you'd gone the engineering route -- "I've been dyed purple" is quite a bit less grammatically complicated. –  bye Mar 2 '11 at 23:27
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I've edited the older question's title to make it more generic, and thus hopefully easier to find. –  Marthaª Mar 2 '11 at 23:56

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Well, we would wind up with "Queen's's", which is just not happening, so I would studiously avoid the issue by saying "I've been accepted to Queen's University's MA program" or "I've been accepted to the MA program at Queen's".

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Sidestepping is definitely the way to go. Another possible alternative is "I've been accepted to the Queen's University MA program". –  John Y Mar 2 '11 at 22:41
    
It seems that workarounds are the only way to deal with this. Thanks all. –  Vian Esterhuizen Mar 2 '11 at 22:44

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