Posted by: episystechpubs | November 3, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Possessive Form, Lesson 2

Welcome back to lesson two about the possessive form of nouns! Last week we looked at the singular, basic form, which is usually the noun plus ’s. Today we’re going to look at how that rule applies to proper nouns, including the trickier ones that end with s, x, or z (whether singular or plural).

We’ll also have a look at numbers.

From the Chicago Manual of Style:

Singular Forms

· Kansas’s legislature

· Chicago’s lakefront

· Marx’s theories

· Jesus’s adherents

· Berlioz’s works

· Tacitus’s Histories

· Borges’s library

· Dickens’s novels

· Malraux’s masterpiece

· Josquin des Prez’s motets [KC – From Merriam-Webster, a motet is “a short piece of sacred choral music, typically
polyphonic and unaccompanied.”]

Plural Forms

· the Lincolns’ marriage

· the Williamses’ new house

· the Martinezes’ daughter

· dinner at the Browns’ (that is, at the Browns’ place)

Letters and Numbers

· FDR’s legacy

· 1999’s heaviest snowstorm [KC – But if you are talking about the years in a decade, you would write “The biggest snow storm of the 1980s was in my imagination.” Or perhaps, “They found two cats in the
‘00s and adopted both of them.”]

Kara Church

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