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What is the proper written plural possessive form for nouns that do not take -s, -es, or -ses upon pluralisation?

For most English words, the rules for construction of possessive forms are fairly simple. Singular nouns are possessivised by adding -’s to the end (even if the word already ends with an S):1 cat → ...
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What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in “‑s”?

What is the possessive of a noun ending in ‑s? Are these both right, or is the second one wrong? the boys' books the boss' car
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Genitives of ancient names

I've read (in the Elements of Style) that, while genitives of names ending in ‘s’ may have an additional ‘s’, as in "Ross’s", this oughtn't to be done with ancient names: Exceptions are the ...
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A question about ' and 's [duplicate]

So my name is Arnas. Some people write my name as Arnas's, other people write my name as Arnas' without '(s). Which is a better way to write, ' or 's if names end with letter S?
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Spelling and pronunciation of singular possessive names? [duplicate]

Singular possessive Jones's glasses My lawyer's fee Plural possessive The Joneses' house Their lawyers' fees 1) Are these possessive forms correct? 2) Is there any difference in the pronunciation ...
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British English for possessive 's when a names ends with “s” [duplicate]

My son has a teacher that he wishes to give a gift to, Mrs. Coomes. What is the correct way to use what would normally be 's when the name ends with es? Another answer states adding es on the end ...
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English possessive case, when 2 s are near [duplicate]

James's car is white, or Dickens's books are popular. can we put 2 s together and if so how do you pronounce it naturally and nicely?
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Are there nouns that undergo no change when used in the possessive (Saxon genitive)?

I’m looking for the existence of English nouns (common or proper) that undergo no change when used in their possessive (Saxon genitive) form, i.e. that do not take the usual ’s appendage the way radio’...
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How do you pronounce the possessive form of Las Vegas? [duplicate]

How do you pronounce the possessive form of Las Vegas? Example: Las Vegas' best radio station Is it correct to put only an apostrophe after the 's' when writing the possessive form of this noun?
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Which is correct Jess' or Jess's [duplicate]

Please help us solve our debate. One person says to write "Jess' Bridal Shower", the other says to write "Jess's Bridal Shower". What is the correct way, or are the both correct?
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Using the Chicago Manual of Style, do colons go inside or outside quotes?

I have the following sentence: The program identifies particular “targets” and “identifiers:” the “targets” are people who are suspected of committing a crime. Does the colon go inside the quotes ...
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Dickens' or Dickens's? [duplicate]

This BBC report (link) suggests that we should use "Dickens' Great Expectations", but I remember there is a rule from Strunk and White (here) that would suggest "Dickens's Great Expectations". Is ...
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Possessive form of Mrs. (with full-stop/period) [duplicate]

Let's assume I have a text talking about Mrs. Jones and I want to start a section talking about her childhood. Which of the following forms, if any, is valid? Mrs.'s childhood or Mrs.' ...
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Apostrophe on Proper Nouns that end in -s. “Louis's” vs “Louis’ '’? [duplicate]

Though I see that many have asked the question of whether acronyms that ends with a "s" should be s' or s's, I have puzzled over whether nouns that ends in “s” should end in s's or s'. Many sources ...

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