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Louis' party or Louis's party?

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goplayout Tue 04-Dec-12 22:55:46

Boy's name Louis, pronounced Loo-ee.

Any clever people around who know if it should be Louis' jacket or Louis's jacket? DS is quizzing me as to which is grammatically correct... I don't know blush

CocktailQueen Tue 04-Dec-12 23:01:05


If it's pronounced Loo-ee and you don't add the final s, just the apostrophe, it would still be pronounced Loo-ee which would be wrong as a possessive - Loo-ee bag instead of Loo-ee's bag. So use the 's.

Clary Tue 04-Dec-12 23:03:50

I personally always use 's, I would for example say James's coat, but AFAIK it is a matter of taste, ie James' coat is also correct.

It's harder to say tho if you want to indicate the apostrophe grin

DontForgetTheSproutsLawrence Tue 04-Dec-12 23:05:54

As Louis' Louis's mum, that helps. But Louis's, does look wrong somehow.

Sorry, goplayout, I've interrupted your thread. I'm not your Louis's mum, btw.

CocktailQueen Tue 04-Dec-12 23:09:58

Just checked Butcher's Copy-Editing, new edition: it says that New Hart's Rules say that if a name ends in an '-s' sound (James, Thomas) it takes an apostrophe s for possessive (James's, Thomas's) but if a name ends in a '-z' sound it doesn't (Moses', Jesus' Bridges').

goplayout Tue 04-Dec-12 23:12:55

Oh thank you.

I will act all knowledgeable in the morning grin

goplayout Tue 04-Dec-12 23:16:38

What good taste you have sprouts!

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Tue 04-Dec-12 23:17:04

The latter.

But I've seen the former used too.

DontForgetTheSproutsLawrence Tue 04-Dec-12 23:20:17

grin au contraire...

CatchingMockingbirds Tue 04-Dec-12 23:28:48

The party of the boy named Louis.

MERLYPUSS Mon 17-Dec-12 22:58:54

Now I am confuddled. So is it Thomas' room. Thomas's room. Or Thomases room ? (as the woman making the sign suggested to me)

Clary Tue 18-Dec-12 00:21:23

The second one.

MERLYPUSS Tue 18-Dec-12 19:02:56

But Saint Thomas' Hospital is is like that < and it is the hospital of Saint Thomas so can the room of Thomas not be Thomas'? I really should've worked this out before I called him that.

Seriously I NEED to know this.

TheCrackFox Tue 18-Dec-12 19:14:06

I think you can use both but I prefer to use s's.

sparklychocolatepenny Tue 18-Dec-12 20:46:34

Louis's party, James' coat, Thomas' room.

MERLYPUSS Wed 19-Dec-12 09:27:57

Thank you so much. xxxxxx
The woman who was making up his door thingy said it should be THOMASES ROOM. I know that wasn't right. Why would you put a spare E there FFS?

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