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Law.com – Gimme an ‘S’: The High Court’s Grammatical Divide

As one of its final acts last term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued Kansas v. Marsh, a case involving the constitutionality of a state death-penalty statute. The 5-4 decision exposed the deep divide that exists among the nation’s intellectual elite regarding one of society’s most troubling issues — namely, whether the possessive form of a singular noun ending with the letter ‘s’ requires an additional s after the apostrophe.

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  1. Reay says

    All this goes to show how unnecessary apostrophes for possessive genitives are, and they are also unnecessary for contractions, as the context and syntax in both cases are enough to avoid any confusion. The fact that the US Supreme Court justices cant work out correct usage, not to mention all the other examples of apostrophe “abuse” shown on this and other websites from all over the English-speaking world, show that the apostrophe is only good for decoration.



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