Apostrophe

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  1. Mizz Lucy

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    Jul 20, 2006

    Gus's ball
    Hess's camper
    Are these OK? :eek:
    When I was in HS, it was not OK.
    In college we were taught that it was now the modern version and is OK.
    Now I'm again hearing that it's improper. :confused:
     
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  3. paperheart

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    lol maybe chalk it up to liberal professors? I think it would be gus' without the extra s.
     
  4. MrsCAD

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    I just looked it up in my teacher's edition language book and this is what it says:

    To form the possessive case of a singular noun, add an apostrophe and an s.

    So, the two instances that you gave you are correct.
     
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    You can use the sound of the possessive noun as your guide. When you say it, do you hear two ss sounds? So, I would just use the apostrophe in this case - the Johnsons' house. But, in this example, I would use an apostrophe followed by an s - Marcus's dog.
     
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    I think the rule is if there is an s at the end of the word- you use the ' after the s, not 's. It's the exception to the 's rule.
     
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    If it is singular you add 's (gus's) gus is one person. If it is plural you just add '.
     
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    Yes, I agree with shasha's reply.
     
  9. Mamacita

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    The English books I used in grades 6 through 11 said to add 's to all singular nouns, to make them possessive. The books I used for seniors, and the books I use now at the college level, say to just put an apostrophe if the noun already ended in s.

    For me, the main thing about an apostrophe was to convince my students that it didn't denote a plural! (except in certain circumstances, of course, such as symbols, numbers, etc.)

    Whenever I see a store or business with a misplaced apostrophe, I want to tell people to COUNT THEIR CHANGE CAREFULLY. I consider it a misspelling.
     
  10. k.contreras

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    Those examples are correct. My last name Contreras ends in a s and many times people will put for example: Mrs. Contreras' room and it is Contreras's.
     
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    As long as they're not coming up with Contrera's...
     
  12. shasha379

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    My last name ends in S. I have the same problem.
     
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    I had to share because I almost just suffered from a heart attack. My sister, who is studying to become a Physician's Assistant and has 2 bachelor degrees, just sent an e-mail to MANY people and spelled the plural possessive form of boy wrong! She used "boy's"!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAk.
     
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    I know people with doctoral degrees who can't spell or write for sour apples. What's really scary is how many of them are Ed.D's.
     
  15. Mamacita

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    Don't get me started again.
     
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    We'll just have to endure, mama... though I'm not sure "suffering in silence" is quite in the skill set of either of us.
     

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