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How can I use an apostrophe to show possession after a dot?

Example: Martin Luther King Jr.'s world-view.

Is this correct?

  • +1 I have no idea. Other then Martin Luther King Junior's. – Elliott Frisch Mar 20 '14 at 2:26
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    Dot's an easy question. – John Lawler Mar 20 '14 at 2:54
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Sure. Why not. There's nowhere better to put it.

(Although some would cite this as a reason why we would be better off without the dot.)

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    Given that the English apostrophe-s is a fairly freely roaming clitic that can attach to the end not just of a word but of any noun phrase, I can’t see what could be so terribly wrong with just putting it where it goes. Try it with other proper-noun abbreviations like Time Safari Inc.’s best customers, for example, or Sunset Blvd.’s main appeal. – tchrist Mar 20 '14 at 2:50
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The New Yorker has a convention of writing Jr.,’s in such cases, as in Donald Trump, Jr.,’s love (source). It seems odd, but they present their rationale here.

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