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Posted by rfvv on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 10:41am.


1. When is Chris's homework due?
2. When is Chris' homework due?
(Which one is the correct possessive case of Chris? Is it "Chris's"? How do we pronounce "Chris's? Can't we use "chris'"as a possessive case?)




English - PsyDAG, Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:35am
"Chris'" is what you want. The apostrophe without the s indicates possessive. It it pronounced like the s was there.
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Thank you for your help.
Which one is right, #1 or #2?

1. When is Chris's homework due?
2. When is Chris' homework due?

  • English -

    Number one is correct, because you are showing ownership. Whose homework is it? It's Chris's.

  • English -

    I think that 2 is correct. If the word ends with an "s", then we do not add another "s" after the apostrophe.

  • English -

    Right! Sorry, My mistake. Thanks E.G for pointing that out.

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    You're welcome.

  • English -

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/possessives.htm

    If it's a one-syllable word that ends in -s, then 's needs to be added.
    Chris's
    Charles's
    boss's
    (etc.)

    If there are more than one syllable and the word ends in -s, then add only the apostrophe.
    children's (already plural, so add 's)
    holidays'
    Jim Gonzales' (singular possessive; one person owning something)
    the Gonzalezes' house (plural possessive; more than one person lives there)

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