Hello English gurus,

Please help. I'm really confused here...

1. Jesus' cross / Augustus' power

2. Jesus's cross / Augustus's power

3. Virus' life / Campus' building

4. Virus's life / Campus's building

5. Viruses' lives / Campuses' buildings

Which are the right ones?

Thank you!
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1. Jesus' cross / Augustus' power yes

2. Jesus's cross / Augustus's power no

these should be Jesus' cross and Augustus' power. Words ending in 's' are made possessive simply by adding an apostrophe.

3. Virus' life / Campus' building yes, if you are talking about a single virus or a single campus, even a single campus with multiple buildings would be "Campus' buildings."

4. Virus's life / Campus's building no

5. Viruses' lives / Campuses' buildings yes, with more than one virus or more than one campus.
Thanks, sbolton. I'm going to get a second opinion. Emotion: smile

References:

Jesus's face 'seen in Google Earth image' - Telegraph.co.uk

Is This Jesus's Tomb? - Time.com
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Here are a couple of references. There are some cases where either of two spellings are accepted:

In Jesus' name, Amen. Acceptable

Jseus's cross was ... also acceptable.

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/621/01 /

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/possessives.htm
Thank you, AlpheccaStars!

I think English is so beautifully confusing. Emotion: smile
English2Jesus' cross / Augustus' power2. Jesus's cross / Augustus's power
English2Jesus' cross / Augustus' power2. Jesus's cross / Augustus's power
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The rule is that it's always apostrophe "s" for a singular possessive ending in an "s" sound. (The bus's wheels - i.e. the wheels of one buss.)

However, there's one exception (and it just happens to apply most commonly among huge religious figures): If the last syllable starts with an "s" sound, you just add the apostrophy with no added "s." So it's Jesus' sandals, Moses' promise, and Francis' encyclical.
AnonymousIf the last syllable starts with an "s" sound
Emotion: surprise

I think you mean if the name ends in an "s" sound.

CJ
Anonymousthe wheels of one buss
Buss is Swedish. I'm glad to see it here.

CB
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