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Correct punctuation when using ' after an s.

I work with a guy named Chris and I often have to write emails that refer to something of his. I don't know the correct punctuation. For example, I went to Chris's office or I went to Chris' office.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:28 PM on Aug. 17, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • It is Chris' - as in Chris' coat because the word ends with an "s", you don't need another. If there are more than one Chris, then it would be the Chrises. It is just like the possessive of glass. The glass' rim (singular possessive). The glasses' rim (plural possessive). Words ending with s,x,z, you usually don't add the additional "s". However, this is English and you will find a word that is the exception to the rule every time. I guarantee it. (I taught grammar for 17 years.)
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:15 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Chris's. apostrophe S when it refers to something possessive
    S apostrophe when its referring to more than one Chris
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:30 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Chris's. apostrophe S when it refers to something possessive
    S apostrophe when its referring to more than one Chris

    It's actually S apostrophe when it's refering to more than one Chris possitions. Eg. You know two ChrisES (plural) who work at the same office. Then it's Chrises' office (plural and possessive)
    pipermomofash

    Answer by pipermomofash at 9:33 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • I would say:
    Chris's = Chris is
    Chris' = Chris owns it, or it belongs to Chris

    Like
    There's = there is
    their's = belongs to them
    txdaniella

    Answer by txdaniella at 9:33 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • If pronunciation would be awkward with the added -’s, some writers use only the apostrophe.

    Because you would say "Chris-es" you use the 's

    an example of awkward ones would Achilles and Isis (Achilles-es sounds funny, so does Isis-es) make sense?
    DarkFaery131

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 9:33 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • I believe it is Chris's office. But then again I am not sure. google it LOL
    2BlondeBabies

    Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 9:29 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • It's "I went to Chris's office" :)
    pipermomofash

    Answer by pipermomofash at 9:30 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • The correct punctuation is Chris'

    Here is more information (see last part)
    http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/lrw/grinker/LwtaApostrophes.htm
    figaro8895

    Answer by figaro8895 at 9:47 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

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