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Is it Chris' book or Chris's book? I know some names that end in S require you to put the apostrophe after the S for possessive, but what is the exception to this rule?

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Many years ago, I seem to remember my English teacher saying that a monosyllabic name used the apostrophe-s while a polysyllabic one used s-apostrophe

eg. the poems of John Keats = Keats's poems

the poems of Dylan Thomas = Thomas' poems

Or was it another of those occasions when I fell asleep in class?
YES!

When I began scrolling through threply sites, I knew what I was reading was not correct! What a relief to see the correct answer there.

I get crazy over abuses of the apostrophe. It really is terrible to see not only how prevalent this with people who only speak English, but to find the error in adverts, pamphlets, etc.. How can it be that so many people speak only one language and so thoroughly butcher it? It is appalling.

Thank you,
Aislinge
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I'm making a door sign for a baby's room and I wanted to know which is the right way to have it written.

Option 1 - Lucas Room
Option 2 - Lucas' Room
Option 3 - Lucas's Room

Thank you,
Paula
Seriously? You really think that? I'd like to know the source. I searched multiple sites and it all said that, for instance,

<James's> and not <James'>

PS Sorry if the <> symbols are confusing, but I enjoy using them.
No you dont know what you are talking about. If you have Matthias you would put Matthias's sword.
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Here is the best advice on this knotty subject. The possessive form of nouns ending in -s or -z vary in both pronunciation and spelling
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/possessives.htm
It would go like this: Chris' Book. If you put like Chris's Book, it wouldn't make any sense. Chris' Book makes a lot more sense.
So do the following apply:

Bob is a single person:
Bob’s broom.
The Bobs are a group of men named Bob.
The Bobs’ broom
Bob’s is a store owned by Bob. It is singular.
Bob’s’s broom
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So do the following apply?:

Bob is a single person:
Bob’s broom. Good.
The Bobs are a group of men named Bob.
The Bobs’ broom Good, if each man's name is Bob and the collectively own one broom.
Bob’s is a store owned by Bob. It is singular.
Bob’s’s broom No. The broom in Bob's store, or Bob's store's broom.
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