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How do you use the possessive apostrophe after Alex? Alex's or Alex'?

  1. profile image48
    Goodkattposted 7 years ago

    How do you use the possessive apostrophe after Alex? Alex's or Alex'?

    I recall in school learning that if a proper name ends in an S or in the sound of an S like in Alex, put the apostrophe after the last letter. Is this correct?

  2. diogenes profile image72
    diogenesposted 7 years ago

    Yes, the rule is correct, but I don't think "Alex" has an "s" or a "z" sound at the end.  It is a "cks" sound, or "ex" sound.   Therefore, it would be  Alex's pen, or Alex's answer.
    Now there are exceptions for ancient names and for owner preference...but I don't want to confuse you...Bob

  3. MBAdomaitis profile image74
    MBAdomaitisposted 5 years ago

    Bob is right... if the word ends in S or Z, then yes, you just add an apostrophe.. Alex would be Alex's. Hope this helps.

  4. profile image56
    Bana Rougui thamposted 11 months ago

    No because Alex is not ending of S it ending of X

  5. Guckenberger profile image88
    Guckenbergerposted 4 months ago

    My name is Alex, and I generally will write "Alex's".

  6. verdict profile image90
    verdictposted 4 months ago

    It's Alex's.
    However, for names already ending in s, such as Doris and Phyllis, you have the choice of writing Doris' or Doris's.

  7. MizBejabbers profile image90
    MizBejabbersposted 7 weeks ago

    I worked with two former English teachers who kept us up-to-date on English grammar and punctuation rules. I don't like the new rules, but they are to always place "apostrophe s" after a word that ends in s. In fact my state passed a law that we had to follow this rule when we were making Arkansas possessive in drafting and editing our state's laws. It is now officially "Arkansas's".

    I tell this because the new rules would also automatically place apostrophe s after Alex to make it Alex's.