How to form a possessive of a name ending in S

Forming the possessive of a name ending in S can be problematic. Do you add an apostrophe and an S? Just an apostrophe?

It’s a matter of house style. If you follow the Associated Press style, simply add an apostrophe (like Hanks’). Other authorities suggest adding an apostrophe and an S (like Phelps’s). If you follow the Yahoo! style, do whatever the hell you want. Nobody cares:

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4 Responses to “How to form a possessive of a name ending in S”

  1. billbennettnz Says:

    What do you expect from a company that uses the exclamation mark in its brand name?

  2. Laura Says:

    You definitely have a point! For an organization that claims to be “the premier digital media company” you’d think it would be better at the written word and would have a house style guide.

  3. prbates Says:

    This one annoys me. I was always taught you should just use an apostrophe after an ‘s,’ but recently I’ve been told I’m wrong. Thanks for clearing it up for me; next time anyone asks, I’ll just say, ‘it’s a matter of style!’


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