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Homework help please - Thomas' coat or Thomas's coat?

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MrsFogi Thu 27-Mar-14 19:40:45

I must admit I am stumped on this one - dc is not sure, nor am I and I am getting conflicting answers on the net. But I know the Pedants of mn will know The Answer grin.

tribpot Thu 27-Mar-14 19:58:32

The Economist says Thomas's. I learnt that you can use either as long as you are consistent!

PartyConfused Thu 27-Mar-14 20:01:15

Pretty sure both are correct, but personally prefer Thomas'.

NigellasDealer Thu 27-Mar-14 20:03:13

whichever you prefer, my surname ends with S so have given this one some thought. consistency is the key.

HenriettaTurkey Thu 27-Mar-14 20:03:28

I thought that usually with one s it's s' and with two it's ss's unless it's a proper noun, like Thomas, in which case it's s's.

Finickynotfussy Thu 27-Mar-14 20:06:09

Both are correct. I think in Eats Shoots and Leaves she says the s' is for famous names e.g. for the Bible Thomas it should be Thomas' not Thomas's.

Lancelottie Thu 27-Mar-14 20:06:34

I'd do it the way you say it -- so Thomas's.

I'm an editor, and even our style guide refuses to commit itself. It just says "Please specify whether you have used James' or James's' throughout."

80sMum Thu 27-Mar-14 20:08:01


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