Possessive of s/ss Nouns

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I looked this up in The Chicago Manual of Style, but did not get a clear answer whether the possessive of the word princess would be princess's or princess'.  Does anyone have any input on which usage is typical these days? i.e.:

 

Do you have the princess' bath ready?

 

Do you have the princess's bath ready?

possesive nouns asked May 22 '13 at 17:14 Rochelle Weber New member

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Style manuals generally are leaning toward adding 'es' to form the plural and 's to form the possessive of words ending in 's', but this has not always been the case.

Princess - singular

Princess's - singular possessive

Princesses - plural

Princesses' - plural possessive

link comment answered May 22 '13 at 19:49 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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