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Grammar question: Who is in the right? watch

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    Person 1
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    Person 2
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    This is really irritating me. And no, I won't reveal which person I am. :P
    Conversation on MSN:Who's in the right? Person 1 or Person 2?

    Person 1
    I THOUGHT YOU SUPPORTED CORRECT GRAMMAR

    Person 2
    i do

    Person 1
    "I want to HAVE ROSS'S BABIES"

    Person 2
    oh christ

    Person 1
    it's Ross'!

    Person 2
    no its not
    it depends how its said biyaaach

    Person 1
    no it doesn't.

    Person 2
    yes it does.

    Person 1
    no it doesn't
    his name ends in s, and you want to have his babies and therefore it's Ross'
    it would NEVER be ross's
    sorry

    Person 2
    you can do it either way
    promise

    Person 1
    nope
    sorry

    Person 2
    you seriously can, person 1

    Person 1
    no you can't.

    Person 2
    "how to make words that end with s possessive—doesn't actually have an answer; it's a style issue and you can do it either way."

    Person 1
    where are you copying that off? that's rubbish.
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    It can be either (so person 2), but when you're arguing about this stuff then you're both a bit wrong.
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    I thought it can be 's if you want, people just often leave off the extra s...
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    It's optional.
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    Optional I think.
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    I really prefer Person 1 (Ross's), but it's really an personal opinion thing. Julian Fellowes, says that things that belong to him are "Julian Fellowes's", and he presents a grammar-related quiz show, so I'm inclined to agree with him...
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    I heard somewhere that it's an American thing to write "Ross' ". Anyway, I think it's person 2 (didn't really read it properly) who's in the right; that's why the voice on the London underground says "St James's park". Well, I'm pretty sure she does.
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    I was always taught it would be Ross's.
    It's only Ross' if Ross is plural, like a company name, you want the company of Ross' babies.

    But I dunno, I used to think it was optional. Had a big argument with my english teacher about it though :s
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    Person 2; either possessive form is correct.
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    (Original post by Taemon)
    I really prefer Person 1 (Ross's)
    That was person 2 saying "Ross's". >_>

    Julian Fellowes, says that things that belong to him are "Julian Fellowes's", and he presents a grammar-related quiz show, so I'm inclined to agree with him...
    On the other hand, Julian Fellowes is a tit.
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    Ross's.
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    i think person 1...
    ross'

    i swear u never put an s after a word with an s at the end..
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    Person 2.
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    It's both.
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    Both.

    I use Ross' as it just looks better.
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    Person 2 - it's optional.
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    (Original post by BJack)
    That was person 2 saying "Ross's". >_>


    On the other hand, Julian Fellowes is a tit.

    Okay, so your right about the first point. On the second point however, I beg to differ! :yep:
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    (Original post by aMAXin)
    the actual answer is
    both are wrong
    and both are right.
    If you'd actually bothered to read the conversation, you'd have noticed that Person 2 said, "You can do it either way."
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    Person 2. Because although Ross ends with an s it's not plural.
 
 
 
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