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Mary Norris, the Comma Queen

A few words about the renowned editor and tricky aspectsof the English language. Mary Norris, a copy editor for The New Yorker, shares her thoughts on whether it is necessary to add possessive case endings to English nouns ending in s or whether adding an apostrophe is enough. Should one write Hercules’ or Hercules’s? Descartes’ or Descartes’s? This is no idle issue for Mary. […]