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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'?

Today's Newyorker News Desk says Texas's insurgent establishment. Is Texas's correct usage? Doesn't seem elegant in any case.

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    Perhaps not elegant, but as a Texan, I assure you it is correct. :)
    – Ben Dyer
    Jul 27, 2012 at 18:06
  • Also related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/63199/…
    – user19148
    Jul 27, 2012 at 18:48
  • If you like, you can also consider 'Ayers Rock'. It's about 200miles from Alice Springs (Australia).
    – user19148
    Jul 27, 2012 at 18:55

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I agree it's not very elegant, but it is generally considered acceptable. If you don't like it, you can of course write Texas' as you would expect. And it's usually possible to rewrite your sentence to avoid the issue if you're feeling paranoid about receiving a deluge of pedantry.

  • Note that writing Texas’ is considered unacceptable by some publishers.
    – tchrist
    Jul 27, 2012 at 19:37
  • I dare say... On the other hand, they'll then have in-house pedants to resolve such issues so you don't usually need to worry. Jul 28, 2012 at 9:27

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