Good news and bad news

Started May 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
NZ Scott
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Re: Good news and bad news
In reply to drusus, May 25, 2012

No, this is not true. The possessive without an additional "s" is quite common and acceptable in most English-speaking countries (apart from the US).

I used to be a journalist on New Zealand's largest newspaper, and the style manual there explicitly stated that one should use only an apostrophe.

I can also remember being taught at school to use an apostrophe-only for possessive nouns ending in "s".

I'm guessing the sources you have Googled are American.

drusus wrote:

Susan G wrote:

Just for the record, I believe either form of the possessive in this case is correct, at least in American grammar. :-). We need to check the Chicago Manual of Style!

Susan (also a grammar geek, sorry)
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When the word that ends with ...s is a name (e.g., Olympus), the correct possessive form is ...s's (e.g., Olympus's). You can look it up (who needs the Chicago MLA manual when you've got Google?):

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/possessives.htm

http://www.englishrules.com/writing/2005/possessive-form-of-singular-nouns-ending-with-s/
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_possessive_form_of_names_ending_in_s

Drusus

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