1. onlyme123

    onlyme123 New Member

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    Apostrophe question

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by onlyme123, Jul 6, 2019.

    Hi,

    I am writing a letter to Wickes (a UK company). I am wanting to say:

    "I had the opportunity to meet with a few members of Wickes' customer service team"

    Is the apostrophe in the correct place or should it be Wickes's?

    Many thanks!
     
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    jannert Super Moderator Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Here is Bristol University's grammar site's take on this issue. Apparently both spellings are technically correct, but the University recommends using the extra 's' :
    So, in their view, Wickes's would be the better choice.

    Here is a link to the relevant page dealing with this issue (the bit is near the bottom of the page.) This is also an EXCELLENT site to explore, and the quizzes are very helpful. It pertains more to UK English than other forms of English, but it's still very instructive.

    https://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_10.htm#apostr
     
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  3. onlyme123

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    Many thanks for your help!
     
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    I might say Wickes's, but I would write Wickes'.
     
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    Matt E Ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8 Supporter Contributor

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    Yep, this is also what The Elements of Style recommends.

    https://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk.html

    I usually write Wickes', but I think the point of this rule (Wickes's) is to keep things simple and consistent.
     
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    Me, too.

    But hey, as long as you don't write, "Wickes' wicket's stick."

    :supercheeky:
     
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