How to Use an Apostrophe With a Last Name?

Answer When writing any type of formal paper or even a document for your own use, there are certain rules regarding when you should and should not use an apostrophe. In regards to a person's last name, an... Read More »

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What is the proper use of an apostrophe with a name ending in s?

According to the Purdue Online Writing Lab, if the possessive noun is singular ending with the letter "s," you add an apostrophe after the last letter. For example, Jones'. It is also acceptable t... Read More »

Do plural last names require an apostrophe?

Place an apostrophe in a plural last name only if you wish to indicate possession. For example, the sentence "The Smiths live on Walnut Street," requires no apostrophe. But in the sentence "The Smi... Read More »

How to Use a Possessive Apostrophe at the End of a Name?

Possessive apostrophes lessen some of the confusion in the complex English language. Possessive apostrophes for names indicate that someone possesses something. Unfortunately, as with most grammar ... Read More »

Do you put an apostrophe after a name that ends in"s"?

According to the Associated Press Style Guide posted by Boston University, to form the possessive of names or plurals ending in "s," put an apostrophe after the "s" as in "Descartes' theories" or "... Read More »