Possessive of s/ss Nouns


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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Interesting question.
A google search 2016, August 20:

princess' 782 million hits (Mostly used by newspapers <a href="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/princess" rel="nofollow">https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/princess</a>)

princess's 3.5 million hits

So currently it is 223 to 1 for princess'. The ratio might be different when newspapers are excluded from the corpora.

Personally, I prefer princess's because it's grammatically more regular and I feel like it hints the pronunciation (i.e. princesses) better.

link comment answered Aug 20 at 22:07 MNTJ New member

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link comment answered Oct 04 at 23:37 Monique New member

Thanks.  I was taught princess', but I've seen it the other way.  Being a stickler for correct grammar, I prefer to use what I was taught.  Besides, whatever I was editing back in 2013 was published back then.

link comment answered Oct 05 at 04:06 Rochelle Weber New member

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