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Using an apostrophe with words ending with an S[edit]

Much as I loath seeing James' (as I prefer to write, and to say, James's, or Alex's, or Jesus's), there are times when ambiguity can creep in due to having no S after the apostrophe for a singular noun.

One such example is with the names Carlo and Carlos. If I refer to Carlos', then is it a plural of Carlo, or a singular for Carlos? Pronunciation-wise there a difference, but not when written. The only way to disambiguate is to use Carlos' for multiples of Carlo, and Carlos's for singular of Carlos (plural would be Carloses' )

  • Do you have an example of this happening in the real world where context would not make it immediately obvious?
Uhm, like when you happen to talk about several people called Carlo and Carlos respectively? --Florian Blaschke (talk) 21:29, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
Could you provide an example sentence - grammatically correct but ambiguous - and the two possible meanings. (The example can be contrived, eg a house jointly owned by two people both named Carlo, or Carlos, or one of each, as necessary). Mitch Ames (talk) 12:17, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Bands and brands with false apostrophes[edit]

The Mamas & Papas may be of interest here as I understand the band initially had false apostrophes in its name but later removed them.

Sorry I don't have time to track down a source at the moment but someone may want to. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Steven noble (talkcontribs) 22:12, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

Good to know[edit]

I just learned something today and I hope it won't be taken out of the article: closing single quotation mark. DynV (talk) 06:55, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Which apostrophe should the article use?[edit]

At the moment this article uses an apparently random mixture of curly apostrophes and straight apostrophes. Which should it be? Doesn't the rest of Wikipedia normally use straight apostrophes? (If anyone is tempted to make the article uniform, remember that in a few places the use of the two different forms is intentional, in order to illustrate the difference. Global replace is therefore not advisable.) (talk) 03:43, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

I think you are entirely correct and the article ought to be made consistent with Wikipedia's Manual of Style's section WP:APOSTROPHE (and the template {{selfref}} to that section should be shown as a hatnote on this article.) -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 02:40, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Nouns ending with sibilants[edit]

The article lists the following sibilant endings: -s, -se, -z, -ze, -x and -xe. But what about -ce? I think, it may cause confusion as well. (I'm not a native speaker and thus would rather not edit articles on grammar questions myself.) (talk) 10:52, 17 January 2014 (UTC)