When denoting possession with Bureau of Statistics, does one use "Bureau's of Statistics" or "Bureau of Statistics'"?


  • according to the Bureau's of Statistics Consumer Price Index
  • according to the Bureau of Statistics' Consumer Price Index

marked as duplicate by Andrew Leach, RegDwigнt Apr 16 '13 at 13:07

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  • Perhaps surprisingly, How to indicate possession by e.g. passers-by, mothers-in-law does cover this. – Andrew Leach Apr 16 '13 at 13:05
  • I believe that answer leaves it ambiguous in this particular case, as the accepted answer is: "Also add an apostrophe followed by an s to the end of a singular compound noun that ends in any letter except s" Does this simply imply in the alternate case, to add an apostrophe after the s? – lilster Apr 16 '13 at 22:43
  • Yes. The final word in the compound noun gets pluralised and "possessivised" in the normal way. – Andrew Leach Apr 17 '13 at 6:07

The second form:

according to the Bureau of Statistics' Consumer Price Index

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