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Grammar Help! Dealing with "s" with nouns and possesion

My friends are are debating the appropriate use of an apostrophe in light of nouns ending in "s". I am many years away from my grammar classes and a bit unsure. Test sentence inside the fold. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jun 22, 2015 - 18 answers

Child Choir or Children's Choir/ Adult Choir or Adult's Choir?

What is best accepted usage for the use of apostrophe in descriptive titles such as for choirs made up only of children or adults. What is better Child Choir or Children's Choir? [more inside]
posted by foleypt on Oct 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Apostrophe Usage, Part 748...

In athletics, do events named "boys 100m" or "girls javelin" have an apostrophe? That is, should they rightly be "boys' 100m" and "girls' javelin"? It seems that the standard usage for grownup events is "men's" and "women's", but I'm unsure. Opinions?
posted by Jehan on Jun 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Minding my associate's and bachelor's

I'm on a tight deadline and my brain is fried, so I'm turning to AskMe for help on a grammar question I should probably be able to work out with googling and Chicago, but for some reason can't: [more inside]
posted by prior on Mar 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Who is admiring who?

OK language mavens, help me understand this one. In this book review in today's NYT, we find the line "Mr. Kennedy is, deep down, an admirer of the president’s." Is the final 'apostrophe ess' a 'correct' construction? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Aug 13, 2011 - 46 answers

How, and whether, to hyphenate and/or apostrophize?

Punctuation question: hyphen, plural possessive apostrophe, both, or neither? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Jan 13, 2010 - 24 answers


Where should the apostrophe go in the sentence "In Memory of Great Loves Lost"? Loves is plural (referring to all the loving in the world), but does it possess "lost"? Should it be loves'? [more inside]
posted by niccolo on Nov 22, 2009 - 14 answers

An apostrophe question that is slightly different, I swear.

Punctuation question. Gentle reader - what connotation do you get from seeing Jesus' or Jesus's OR Niklas' or Niklas's? (Possessives with or without the 's' for nouns ending in 's'.) [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Jan 23, 2009 - 43 answers

Wordpress does not like apostrophes, apparently

I'm trying to add a username in Wordpress that has an apostrophe in it (like Jerry O'Connell). It's telling me this is not allowed. Can I work around this? [more inside]
posted by kerning on Aug 19, 2008 - 9 answers


How do I pluralize a contraction that already ends with an apostrophe? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Mar 28, 2008 - 17 answers

de Medici or de' Medici? Apostrophe or no?

Anyone know the reason why in some sources de Medici (as in Catherine, Marie, Lorenzo) takes an apostrophe like so: de' Medici. Wikipedia uses this form, for example. Newspapers don't seem to bother with the apostrophe.
posted by otio on Oct 5, 2007 - 11 answers

Apostrophe Catastrophe!

If you were creating text for an invitation, and the reception following the event was at a specific family’s house, but you wanted to omit the actual noun “house”, what would be the proper (or more common) way to implement the apostrophe? [more inside]
posted by naxosaxur on Feb 23, 2005 - 21 answers

Bumblebee Apostrophee Tutorial?

Cartoon bumblebee explaining proper apostrophe usage. Where is it?
posted by Tlogmer on May 11, 2004 - 3 answers

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