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What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s?
When did it become correct to add an 's' to a singular possessive already ending in 's'?

I always had this difficulty understanding how to depict possessive nature for words ending with s.

For example: Is it correct to say, "James's heart is made of gold"? Or is there any other way to use apostrophes with words ending with S?

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This is up to the writer's style, there are two options:

1) James's heart is made of gold. 2) James' heart is made of gold.

@jsegal the link you posted actually confirms this:

NOTE: Although names ending in s or an s sound are not required to have the second s added in possessive form, it is preferred.


Yes, "James's heart is made of gold" is correct. Though a lot of people do indeed get this wrong and confuse it with the plural possessive (which also ends in s), and would write "James'".

(See for example: http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp)

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