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Possessive & the Apostrophe
A must-have book any writer or editor should own is Strunk and White The Elements of Style. I have referred to this book so many times, I can't even begin to count. Especially for forming possessive singular of nouns.
Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's.
Follow this rule whatever the final consonant.
Exceptions are the possessives of ancient proper names ending in -es and -is, the
possessive Jesus', and such forms as for conscience' sake, for righteousness' sake.
But such forms as Moses' laws or Isis' temple are commonly replaced
The pronominal possessives hers, its, theirs, yours, and oneself have no apostrophe.
Indefinite pronouns, however, use the apostrophe to show possession.
NOTE: Do not confuse this with making a name PLURAL. If you are going to visit the Mitchells, there should be NO apostrophe.
Additional note: A common error is to write it's for its, or vice versa. The first is a contraction, meaning 'it is.' the second is a possessive.
SOURCE, of course, The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr and E.B. White.
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