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Pedants, please come and sort out my apostrophes

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mangolassi Thu 11-Sep-08 08:59:26

<<fervently hopes has caught all typos in the title>>

I'm a bit confused about apostrophes to denote possession. Need to talk about an organisation (we'll call it X Y Service) and their work in a particular place (Zz).

1. X Y Service's work in Zz
2. XY Services' work in Zz
3. XY Services work in Zz.
4. Other (please specify)

Lilymaid Thu 11-Sep-08 09:06:58

1 is correct if organisation is called XY Service and the word work is used as a noun (i.e. the work of XY Service)
If the organisation was called XY Services and the word "work" is used as a noun, the correct answer would be 2. (i.e. the work of XY Services)
If the organisation was called XY Services and the word "work" is used as a verb, the correct phrase would be "XY Services works in Zz" as "XY Services" is still singular despite the word Services being a plural.
4. If the organisation was called XY Service and the word "work" is used as a verb, you would then say "XY Service works in Zz".

Does that cover all possibilities and leave the OP totally confused?

littlelapin Thu 11-Sep-08 09:10:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mangolassi Thu 11-Sep-08 09:19:12

Ok, the organisation is Service singular. Work is being used as a noun. So Number 1. Thanks

littlelapin Thu 11-Sep-08 09:21:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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