Posted by: Jack Henry | October 29, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Revisiting the Possessive

Over the last month or so, I’ve received a lot of inquiries about the possessive form of certain nouns or names. I thought maybe now would be a good time for a review, since many people are preparing to send out party invitations for Thanksgiving and other holidays.

Today we start with the most basic rule, from the Chicago Manual of Style:

The possessive of most singular nouns is formed by adding an apostrophe and an s. The possessive of plural nouns (except for a few irregular plurals, like children, that do not end in s) is formed by adding an apostrophe only.

· the horse’s mouth

· a bass’s stripes

· puppies’ paws

· children’s literature

· a herd of sheep’s mysterious disappearance

Kara Church

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