Possessive Proper Nouns

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Similar to the Hawaiian Party thread
Recently, my wife and I were discussing the possessive form of the proper nouns that end in "s".

My name is Chris. I was taught many years ago to add an apostrophe to the end (Chris') and pronounce an extra "-es" (Chris-es). For example, Chris' computer (pronounced Chris-es computer as opposed to Chris computer).

This all came about when we heard someone conclude a prayer by saying, "...in Jesus name we pray, Amen", which to my ears sounds very strange, but to her ears is very natural. But, she did admit that she wouldn't say, "Chris computer" intending the possessive form of Chris.

Of course I've looked it up and couldn't find anything that I considered concrete as these grammar rules routinely change and evolve through time and are unique to different dialectical practices.

What are your thoughts?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

By the english standard of a trailing S, it should be:
Jesus'
pronounced Jesus-es

Our pastor usually avoids possessives by instead of praying "In Jesus' name", "In the wonderful, matchless, etc. name of Jesus Christ", he is well versed in grammar rules.

Yet I do hear others say it. /shrug.
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Yes, that was/is the correct way to pronounce a possessive proper noun but people have a tendency to drop the "es" sound at the end.

It should have been in the "name of Jesus"

I once saw a similar mistake for a car dealer in spanish. It said La area's mas mejor. They were trying to say the area's best dealer. Spanish doesn't use apostrophes to show possession like english does.

In any event, you pronunciation is correct.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Maybe the sound of "ses" is very soft.
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Awe,

I had a discussion with an Internet friend some couple of years ago,

We discussed many things but English was the more intersting of the lot. It felt like teacher and pupil when it came to grammer discussions. He had been to Uni and was the most knowledgable person I have ever met, or ever will meet again.

It was so amazing what he knew..not just grammer but about:

'Class Distinction:
'Good manners',
'Etiquette'.
Alsorts...just amazing, I consider myself honoured to have met my guru.!


Any words if I remember that ends with for example two ss as in address you don't write 'Have you got the twin's email addresses?

But write 'Have you got the twin's email addresss'

Oh yes. Question marks can be used as full stop..did you know that? Maybe!

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That depends if the twins share an address or not.
Of course question marks can be used as a full stop. I knew that.

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