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apostrophe - James' or James's ?
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BetsyBoop · 17/05/2011 12:17

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

Which one would you use & why?

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joruth · 17/05/2011 16:49

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.:)

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slipshodsibyl · 17/05/2011 16:52

Either is fine.

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WowOoo · 17/05/2011 16:56

I'd use James'.

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TheVisitor · 17/05/2011 16:56

We use James' here.

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HappyAsASandboy · 17/05/2011 19:52

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.

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breadandhoney · 19/05/2011 09:57

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.

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LindyHemming · 19/05/2011 14:31

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BelleDameSansMerci · 19/05/2011 14:33

James's is correct...

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BelleDameSansMerci · 19/05/2011 14:33

I think.

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OvO · 19/05/2011 14:34

I have a James and have always used James'.

Now you have me all confused.

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WhipMeIndiana · 19/05/2011 14:35

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

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WhipMeIndiana · 19/05/2011 14:36

or just say 'it's his!' Grin

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LindyHemming · 19/05/2011 14:40

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DaisySteiner · 19/05/2011 14:42

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.

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Ormirian · 19/05/2011 14:44

James'

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BetsyBoop · 19/05/2011 18:28

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... :)

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

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nickelbabe · 21/05/2011 16:00

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)

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nickelbabe · 21/05/2011 16:01

Pedant English teacher is wrong.

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

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Teachermumof3 · 14/06/2011 20:07

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...

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NasalCoffeeEnema · 16/06/2011 11:46

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

I use James's

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ShatnersBassoon · 16/06/2011 11:49

James's. Why wouldn't it be?

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treefiddy · 19/10/2011 20:09

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

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