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    Person 2
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    Woah I made the votes even
    Guess it's a rather divided issue then!
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    (Original post by BJack)
    If you'd actually bothered to read the conversation, you'd have noticed that Person 2 said, "You can do it either way."
    tl;dr
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    English is my second language and I was always taught that if the word ends with an s I have to use ....s'
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    oooh i love how neck and neck this is :P
    I actually blocked my friend as she was irritating me SO much about this...
    I'll unblock her later. Maybe. Once I actually GET a life...
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    Here are just two professional opinions:
    http://www.economist.com/research/st...fm?page=841359

    and the apostrophe section in
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide...184844,00.html
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    You don't say it Ross' though do you? You alwys put that extra s sound on the end with names ending in s.

    Maybe you can do either, but Ross' just looks (and especially sounds) wrong to me.
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    I think Person 1. Although person 2 is right in saying that someone can choose to do it either way, grammatically speaking, it's person 1. The inflection for the plural is the genitive 's, but because the s is already there, you don't have to write another one.

    It is slightly different in spoken English, because the 's won't come across unless you pronounce it, therefore you would technically pronounce Ross's. However, in written English, the s inflection can count at the end of the word and therefore you don't need an extra s.

    That's my thoughts as a third year linguist anyway, but I could possibly be wrong
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    You can use both. I type Ross' but it can be either.
    Night TSR :getmecoat:
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    I was taught at school that it's James' and in literature (i.e. any book) it is only ever written with one S. Correctly it is with one S, online, people would probably use 2, the same way that people don't really tend to say 'one must' or 'my friends and I'.
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    ross's looks terrible.

    so ross'

    even though both are right
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    Okay I voted wrong because I'm an idiot.

    I meant that Person 2 is right, obviously.
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    Hahaha I'm amazed at how short the gap is :P
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    (Original post by SiaSiaSia)
    Hahaha I'm amazed at how short the gap is :P
    yeah, over 55% are wrong too. That is amazing.

    Which person were you btw?
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    The non-retarded one.
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    (Original post by SillyFencer)
    yeah, over 55% are wrong too. That is amazing.

    Which person were you btw?
    I don't want to say as I'm beginning to lean to the other view... and if she saw this thread she'd NEVER live it down :P
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    Funny that person 2 supports it yet they reply with "i do" :p:
 
 
 
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