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    Possessive of a placename that is already a possessive

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Frip, Sep 10, 2010.

    Hi,

    An area of town is called "St Peter's".

    Is "St Peter's bygone days" correct?

    I can't see what else it could be.

    Thanks,
    Frip.
     
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    I'd just wiggle around it, to be honest - "the bygone days of St Peter's" :p
     
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    I thought about that, but it's in a headline in a newsletter and I don't have the space.
     
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    If "St Peter's Bygone Days" is the whole extent of the title, change the emphasis, maybe: "St Peter's: Bygone Days"?
     
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    Surely if the name is already possessive, it doesn't need to be changed for a possessive context?

    Take off the top of my head the example word 'Chinese'. This is both a singular and plural word. You wouldn't say 'Chineses', so St.Peter's wouldn't change either, surely?
     
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    that's not the same thing at all, pc...

    yes, frip... to make sense, you'd have to make it a double possessive if you worded it that way, so you should word it differently... the colon suggestion is a good one, but i don't see why the addition of one tiny word ['of' only... 'the' is not needed'] would matter in a newsletter headline, which can be as long as you want to make it...
     
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    If you are constrained and must use the formulation, I would just go with

    St Peter's'

    No clue whether this might be regrded as technically incorrect, though I fancy you won't have many complaints.
     
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    that would be correct punctuation, but looks a bit awkward, so may confuse some readers...

    the best thing would be to avoid having to make the possessive possessive altogether, with better wording...
     

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