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#1 Blueberry Tide

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:29 AM

Phineas' or Phineas's?

 

I've seen possessive nouns that end in S both ways. I've never used a name that ended is S before, and I've not come across the problem. Now I have. The internet is giving me conflicting advice. One sight says the first is correct, another site says both - which way, Grammar Gurus, is correct? Does it matter? Is consistency more important? 



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 11:05 AM

If the words are ancient Greek or Latin names, they end in S'. If the words are more modern, you can use either S's or S', but the preferred choice is S's. And yes, consistency is important.

 

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 12:50 PM

When the word following an s-possessive also begins with S, I typically do not add the S on the possessive. 

 

So I'd write "Ulysses' staff" rather than "Ulysses's staff."



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:01 PM

My agent changed all my single s thingies to doubles. Personally, I'd worry more about story and characters. That little issue will be fixed by the line editor who will have a house style guide.

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:38 PM

I'm wondering if this is one of those, "It doesn't matter as long as you keep it consistent" things.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:28 AM

The rule I've seen is that it depends on whether the subject is plural or singular.  In the case of proper names it is usually apostrophe-s ('s). There are rare cases where proper names are plural.  For your case "Phineas's" is the accepted way.  An example of a s-apostrophe (s') would be, "All their cars' tires are flat."

 

Just be consistent in how you use the apostrophe and you should be fine.  Since most writers these days have to rely on self-editing, and most editors aren't more knowledgeable than the writers themselves, it's up to you to do the best you can.


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:12 AM

Thanks, team! You've strengthened my feelings about using the "s's" and not being send mean reviews. 






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