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Dec 12 2012   2:15AM GMT

Santa Claus’s sleigh or Santa Claus’ sleigh?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Tags:
AP style
AP vs. Chicago style
Chicago Manual of Style
possessive case
possessives

 

Which is correct?
On December 24th, a lot of children can be found gazing out windows for a glimpse of _________ sleigh.
a. Santa Claus’
b. Santa Claus’s


Answer: It depends.

Explanation:
The AP Stylebook says to add just an apostrophe for the possessive form of a name ending in s; the Chicago Manual of Style says to add a second s as well.

If you have to follow one guide or the other, there’s your answer. Otherwise, decide which one you prefer and just be consistent. It’ll keep you on the “nice” list, grammar-wise at least.

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