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rambler

8th November 2012, 14:30
What a lovely pedants' thread! aristo, I'd put John's' :)
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aristophanes

8th November 2012, 14:31
Sorry, meant to write "St. John's's team" as an example. Doesn't that seem proper? I often see "St. John's team", however.
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les40

8th November 2012, 14:35
Another spin on it from aristo to ponder over, cheers aristo, I would think that the double apostrophe would look wrong but you sound right with the basketball team example.

Bernie, I know, what am I like. I start a thread on grammar and miss stuff out. I feel I can grasp onto an excuse. I attended a comprehensive high school because I missed the chance of grammar school by a year.

My brother was taught by Jeshuit priests at a Catholic College in Preston and my sister was taught by nuns at a girls school called Lark Hill.
I was taught at a school that resembled the the crazy goings on of Grange Hill.
I rest my case... Ha ha
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torquemada

8th November 2012, 14:40
The Greeks never found John's body after the battle is correct.

You cannot have two possessive apostrophes in one word.

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aristophanes

8th November 2012, 14:41
Torkie and rambler: And I feel that the extra s should be pronounced for clarity's sake (St. John's's)! We won't quibble about St. vs. St I trust. :)
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bernie

8th November 2012, 14:43
Les, I weny to a very good school......it was approved!
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aristophanes

8th November 2012, 14:44
Well then, Torkie, so much for clarity. The team doesn't belong to St. John but to St. John's.
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bernie

8th November 2012, 14:44
They wern't very good on spelling though!
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les40

8th November 2012, 14:52
Just blame it on the keyboard Bernie.

I even had a double 'the the' in my post above... Damn keyboard!
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rambler

8th November 2012, 14:55
aristo, what about your very good clothing company 'Lands' End'?
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