possession after a title


Hi everyone how do I indicate possession when there's a title tagged onto a name - is it: 


Jane Doe, PhD's, research into "XYZ." 




Jane Doe's, PhD, research into "XYZ."



apostrophe title asked Jul 23 '13 at 15:38 Don McSwiney New member

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This is a good question, but I don't know the answer. PhD's would not be correct in this usage, I'm pretty sure, but Jane Doe's, PhD is awkward as well. I would rewrite it as 'Dr. Jane Doe's' and eliminate the confusion.

link answered Jul 23 '13 at 19:30 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thanks so much for taking the time - I think you're right, a new approach to writing sentences like this may be in order. The problem is, according to the Style Guide we use, you can only use Dr. when referring to M.D.s ... so you end up with the awkward trailer. Interesting, I can't seem to find a proper answer to this question anywhere.Thanks again.

Don McSwineyJul 24 '13 at 15:36

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