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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > the possessive case    

the possessive case



racim
Algeria

the possessive case
 
Dear teachers,                                                                                                                     Can we use the   s   after first names ending in "s"
 for example =  Whose car is it ?
                         It is James .   or   :  It is James s.  or both are correct ?
 and how about surnames endind in "s" ?is it the same ?
 for example =  Whose car is it ?
                         It is the Smiths .  or : It is the Smiths s  . or both are correct ?

                                                                 Thanks for your help

8 Jan 2014      



MoodyMoody
United States

For singular proper names ending with s, you may use either a bare apostrophe or an apostrophe plus s. I usually tell my students to use the apostrophe and s so they don t need to remember exceptions. So I would say "It is James s" or "It is Mr. Williams s." (Williams is a surname that ends with s.)
 
Plural proper names are treated the same as plural common nouns, with a bare apostrophe. For your second example, I would answer "It is the Smiths ." (Smith does not end with s, and the Smiths refers to the couple or the family.) If you have a surname that ends with s in the singular, then you make it plural before adding the apostrophe: "It is the Williamses ." However, as a side note, if the last name ends with y, do not change the y to I or add es for the plural. Example: "It is the Moodys ."

8 Jan 2014     



rashou
Tunisia

the is used only with plurals  ending in s

9 Jan 2014     



MoodyMoody
United States

That s true, rashou. However, racim specifically asked about people s (there s an example of what you mentioned) names, and names always use s for the plural.

9 Jan 2014     



yanogator
United States

I completely agree with MoodyMoody. It is simplest to teach students to use     s    for all singular nouns, and definitely correct. More complicated rules are also correct, but why complicate matters?
 
Bruce

9 Jan 2014