What would be the correct possessive form of address? I was working on a project, and one of the error messages was

You can't spoof the address' domain

A colleague of mine pointed out that this isn't how it's supposed to be spelled, and suggested address's. That looks odd to me, so maybe it could be addresses, but that's also the plural.

  • In other languages, such as German, it is acceptable to drop the additional s if the word already ends in s. Not sure if that is the origin of your confusion. – painfulenglish Aug 18 '14 at 8:44
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    Different style guides have different preferences when possessing words in -s. Most would prefer your colleague’s way; some would prefer yours. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 18 '14 at 11:42

Your colleague is correct.

However, if you still don't feel comfortable with it, you can get around the issue with a simple rewording:

You can't spoof the domain of the address

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  • @painfulenglish - I assume you meant to direct that comment at the OP...? – Erik Kowal Aug 18 '14 at 8:25
  • you are right, sorry about that. – painfulenglish Aug 18 '14 at 8:43

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