Originally Posted by didkisa
when the singular form of a word ends in an "s". Example: He took Thomas' pencil. It should be "Thomas's"
See, I was taught by a real grammar stickler, and he said that words ending in S, Z, X, etc just take an apotsrophe and not the extra s. I struggle with this one, because my son's name is Phoenix, and I never know how to make his name possessive!
Looks like the chicago style guide oks this use.
"On the other hand, some modern writers omit the extra s in all cases, and Chicago Manual of Style allows this as an “alternative practice”. Generally, Chicago Manual of Style is in line with the majority of current guides, and recommends the traditional practice but provides for several exceptions to accommodate spoken usage, including the omission of the extra s after a polysyllabic word ending in a sibilant."
Originally Posted by kathymuggle
Oh, crap. I always sign my name - now I am feeling neurotic.
nope, not you! sorry to have freaked everyone out! forget all about it! (ps, I went back and checked and the more recent posts are much more coherent than the first few)