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English[edit]

Particle[edit]

-’

  1. Possessive marker used on plurals that end with -s.
  2. Possessive marker sometimes used on singular nouns (names) which end in s, indicating than an object belongs to the noun bearing the marker.
    Jesus' disciples
    Chris' cake recipe
    • 2014 August 29, Minyvonne Burke, “Robin Williams Death: Actor’s Ghost Haunting Home He Died In, Playing Practical Jokes?”, in HNGN Headlines & Global News[1]:
      Robin Williams ghost has apparently stuck around and is haunting the California home the actor died in.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Traditionally, the possessives of classical and Biblical names ending in s, such as Archimedes and Jesus, were written without a final “s”, i.e. the possessives were formed using bare ': Archimedes’ Principle (the principle of Archimedes), Jesus’ disciples (the disciples of Jesus). This may or may not be be distinguished from -'s in pronunciation; see -'s for more.
  • In modern English, this practice may be extended to all names ending in s, i.e. both "Chris' recipe" and "Chris's recipe" may be found:
    • 2009, Karen Hitchcock, Little White Slips (→ISBN):
      Sam, the Lebanese milk bar man, followed Chris's recipe.
    • 2012, Jack Edward Shay, Bygone Binghamton: Remembering People and Places of the Past (→ISBN):
      That was Chris' recipe.
  • ' is to be distinguished from -s': the teachers' faces = the faces of the teachers, plural.

Chickasaw[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-'

  1. verb nominalizing suffix
    illi + ‎-' → ‎illi'
    impa + ‎-' → ‎impa'

Danish[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-'

  1. forms the possessive of words ending in s, x or z

See also[edit]


German[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-'

  1. Used to form the genitive forms of names ending in -s, , -x, -z or (foreign) -ce, similar to English -'. For other names, -s is used.
    Hans', Hoeneß', Felix', Ringelnatz', Joyce'
    Hans', Hoeneß', Felix's, Ringelnatz's, Joyce's

Synonyms[edit]


Norwegian[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-'

  1. Used to form the genitive of nouns that already end in -s, -x or -z. For other nouns, -s is used.