Monika wrote:In school I learned possessive 's like this:
John -> John's house
Hans -> Hans' house
But now I often see:
Hans -> Hans's house
It doesn't even seem to be non-standard, even newspapers do it.
Is this a new rule / change of the rule?
Or is this US American vs. British English usage?
(BTW, did you know John and Hans are basically the same name?)
What I was taught way back in.. I dunno, 2nd grade or whatever...
If it's a regular nouns ending with an S - Dogs, for example, you'd just ' it. So you'd write "the dogs' house" if you're talking about a doghouse shared by multiple dogs.
A proper noun got the 's treatment, regardless of the ending character. So talking about something Hans owns, like a house.. you'd write Hans's house.
But I was educated in Kentucky, so who knows. Apparently either way is fine so long as you're consistent.