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apostrophe - James' or James's ?

(24 Posts)
BetsyBoop Tue 17-May-11 12:17:22

I know there are varying opinions on which is correct, James' or James's.

Which one would you use & why?

joruth Tue 17-May-11 16:49:10

I was taught that the s' was only used if the noun was plural and ending in s and 's was used for the singular so I would go for James's even though it looks a bit clumsy.smile

slipshodsibyl Tue 17-May-11 16:52:09

Either is fine.

WowOoo Tue 17-May-11 16:56:15

I'd use James'.

TheVisitor Tue 17-May-11 16:56:49

We use James' here.

HappyAsASandboy Tue 17-May-11 19:52:28

I would use James' if the thing belonged to the James family or if it belonged to several boys called James.

I wod use James's if the thing belonged to a single boy called James.

breadandhoney Thu 19-May-11 09:57:18

I would use James's, as James is a name, just like Jack. Just because it ends in an 's', doesn't mean it should be treated like a plural, imo.

So, just as I would describe something belonging to Jack as Jack's, I would describe something belonging to James as James's.

Euphemia Thu 19-May-11 14:31:14

I would write James's, but I agree with previous posters on this topic that once you get into polysyllabic names it can get a bit silly e.g., Aristophanes's. grin

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 19-May-11 14:33:06

James's is correct...

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 19-May-11 14:33:20

I think.

OvO Thu 19-May-11 14:34:32

I have a James and have always used James'.

Now you have me all confused.

WhipMeIndiana Thu 19-May-11 14:35:23

I'm sure Ive seen it both ways in books, for things belonging to James (singular) I'd use James's though

WhipMeIndiana Thu 19-May-11 14:36:14

or just say 'it's his!' grin

Euphemia Thu 19-May-11 14:40:16

You could just point and grunt, WhipMe. wink

DaisySteiner Thu 19-May-11 14:42:53

Personally I loathe James'. It just doesn't make any logical sense not to put an 's IMO and it sounds odd and clunky when spoken.

Ormirian Thu 19-May-11 14:44:27

James'

BetsyBoop Thu 19-May-11 18:28:50

Great, even the pedants can't agree on this one, that makes me feel a bit better. grin

I was taught (by pedant English teacher) that James' is the "more correct" version, but prefer James's myself... smile

I think I'll just stick with whipme's suggestion grin

nickelbabe Sat 21-May-11 16:00:38

should be James's - always (unless you're talking specific placenames that have been mucked about ith..hmm )

the oly time it's s' in a name ending in S is for Jesus' and Moses' (ie where there is an S in the middle)

nickelbabe Sat 21-May-11 16:01:47

Pedant English teacher is wrong.

I'd listen out for "myself" where it should be me.....

Teachermumof3 Tue 14-Jun-11 20:07:12

I thought that if the word was an archaic name which made the 'z' sound (such as Jesus/Moses) then you didn't add the 's, but if it was a modern name, you did!

Jesus' disciples were nice.
James's socks were stinky...

NasalCoffeeEnema Thu 16-Jun-11 11:46:39

Um,
Jesus's' ' ' ' ' brother was called James

I use James's

ShatnersBassoon Thu 16-Jun-11 11:49:39

James's. Why wouldn't it be?

treefiddy Wed 19-Oct-11 20:09:26

In Nottingham there is a St James's Street. An old sign (correctly) says James's, a newer one says James'

bradbourne Wed 19-Oct-11 20:15:24

James's.

www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/department/docs/punctuation/node22.html

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