posted by Mary on .
What are the rules for possessives and plurals when it comes to names? For example, the last name Busch.
Almost all nouns (including names) in English have four forms: singular, plural, singular possessive, plural possessive. I'll list a few for you in that order:
Busch (basic form)
Busches (add -s, -es, or some variation)
Busch's (basic form plus 's)
Busches' (plural form plus 's, but you can remove the s if there's already an s there.)
A very irregular noun will follow the pattern, but will not look like those above; for example,
children's (There's not already an s at the end of the plural form, so you cannot remove the s on the possessive form.)