Posted by: episystechpubs | November 4, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Possessives, Lesson 3

Hello, my friends! Today you get a mid-week, two-for-one lesson on possessive forms. Our subtopics for the day are names ending in an unpronounced “s” (thank you, France) and how to make the possessive form of classical names ending in “s,” like Euripides. From the Chicago Manual of Style:

Possessive of words and names ending with the unpronounced “s”

In a return to Chicago’s earlier practice, words and names ending in an unpronounced s form the possessive in the usual way (with the addition of an apostrophe and an s). This practice not only recognizes that the additional s is often pronounced but adds to the appearance of consistency with the possessive forms of other types of proper nouns.

· Descartes’s three dreams

· the marquis’s mother

· François’s efforts to learn English

· Vaucouleurs’s assistance to Joan of Arc

· Albert Camus’s novels

Possessive of names like “Euripides”

In a departure from earlier practice, Chicago no longer recommends the traditional exception for proper classical names of two or more syllables that end in an eez sound. Such names form the possessive in the usual way (though when these forms are spoken, the additional s is generally not pronounced).

· Euripides’s tragedies

· the Ganges’s source

· Xerxes’s armies

Kara Church

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