1. Francis de Aguilar

    Francis de Aguilar Senior Member

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    Apostrophe query

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Francis de Aguilar, Sep 14, 2016.

    The characters name is Adams, have I got the apostrophe in the right place? or should it be Adams's

    Adams’ lips turned down at the corners in a grimace of approval, as he nodded. “Not bad, fair few quid that.”
     
  2. Scot

    Scot Senior Member

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    Adams' is correct.
     
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    Mike Kobernus Senior Member

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    In the US, it has become common to see this form: Adams's

    which personally, I abhor.
     
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    Francis de Aguilar Senior Member

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    Thank you.
     
  5. Francis de Aguilar

    Francis de Aguilar Senior Member

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    I shall abhor it henceforth.
     
  6. Francis de Aguilar

    Francis de Aguilar Senior Member

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    Another question.
    I wish to shorten a word but it's not a common contraction and is also the first word in dialogue.

    the word is 'hang' and the character is dropping the h so is it 'ang or ang' and if it's dialogue and it's the first word then it would be "'ang which looks odd.
     
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    Both are 'correct'. Just need to be consistent. Some editors/publications would have a preference I'm sure.

    Edited to add that this was in response to the Adams' or Adams's question, not your second.
     
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    Mike Kobernus Senior Member

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    I would not recommend to use it in the first word. Just rewrite it, so that 'ang appears a bit later....

    I totally agree that it would look strange going first...
     
  9. Francis de Aguilar

    Francis de Aguilar Senior Member

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    So, I could write thesentencee in question like this

    "Ang' on, ang' on, who's Gemma?"
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor Community Volunteer

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    My observation (anecdotal evidence only) is that s's is going out of fashion. But, for the moment anyway, it's still correct and this is a style choice.

    If it's a version of hang on, the apostrophe would come before the ang, not after.

    "'Ang on, 'ang on, who's Gemma?"
     
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    Francis de Aguilar Senior Member

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    Even though the triple apostrophe looks odd? I suppose I could find another way to write so the 'Ang is not first but I would rather not.
     
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    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Supporter Contributor

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    I'm with @Tenderiser. The fact that you get a "' at the beginning of the sentence is less of an issue than it seems to us, to writers (we tend to over-worry things). The apostrophe should be placed wherever the contraction or truncation is actually happening within the word, not in a generalized "tail-end" position for all occurrences.
     
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    Surely the capitalized first letter in this sentence is the apostrophe? So:

    " 'and on, 'ang on, who's Gemma?"

    I've also put a space between the speech apostrophes and the contraction apostrophe; it may not be right, but surely it looks better?
     
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    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Staff Supporter Contributor

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    When I wrote my master's thesis about Matthew G. Lewis, I had a conversation about the apostrophe with my professor and he recommended Lewis' just 'cause it just kind of looks neater. :p Adams's is maybe more phonetically correct if you think about the pronunciation...? But it looks clunky.
     
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    Nope. An apostrophe is a character, not a letter, and can't act as a capital. The first A should be capitalised.
     
  16. Cave Troll

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    In a way I feel kinda good knowing I have managed to avoid such the dilemma. The possessiveness of the (s's) at the end of a characters name, though I forget what it is called when it is just the simpler (s') form (unless they are technically the same form and function). And if that is the case then write it the way that feels more comfortable and correct to you. Though Tender and Wrey are correct that in the instance of things like ('ang) that it should come before and not after.
     
  17. Elven Candy

    Elven Candy Pay no attention to the foot in my mouth Supporter Contributor

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    I was taught that the apostrophe goes wherever the missing letter is supposed to be (only one apostrophe, though, even if there are more missing letters).
     

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