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  1. Novices' rules for forming possessives

    Oops, sorry, didn't mean to quote all of that. I agree with the Xerxes pronunciation; that is how it was taught to me. I am a little surprised that Forbes would get it consistently wrong (L.A. Times never surprises me anymore).
  2. Novices' rules for forming possessives

    It gets more interesting. How about when a person's name ends in "s"? The Wall Street Journal uses "Gov. Davis's" but Forbes and the L.A. Times would use "Gov. Davis' ". As fas as I can tell, both are acceptable. Now the trickier part: Are they pronounced the same, and how? Does anyone know?