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?
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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