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James's James' and Jameses????

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GibberingGinger Fri 16-Oct-09 19:26:09

I'm too embarrassed to ask this in real life, as I should know, but how does punctuation work in
names ending in s. I know for most names it's

Sarah's ( belongs to Sarah or Sarah is)
Sarahs (plural of Sarah)
Sarahs' (belonging to a group of people called Sarah)

So how does it work for James, Douglas, Alexis etc?

abra1d Fri 16-Oct-09 19:28:48

James is either James' or James's.

Probably the latter is more common.

pointyhat Fri 16-Oct-09 19:31:46

agree with abraid

BikeRunSki Fri 16-Oct-09 19:32:55

What abra1d said. As in Bridget Jones's Diary. Jones' would also be correct, but a little outmoded.

teamcullen Fri 16-Oct-09 19:34:49

I write James' for my James. I think James's looks messy but thats just my opinion smile

LynetteScavo Fri 16-Oct-09 19:38:12

But do not say James' boook/car/whatever; it is James's book/car/whatever.

My mother says the first, adn it drives me mad!

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