How do you spell it?

St James'
@Ronrybs (7075)
London, England
March 4, 2016 2:44pm CST
Not being the best of spellers, I find it reassuring when the establishment struggles as well. On my travels I have found several examples of spelling variations, but this one, on the platform at St James' Tube station, is my favourite. Having worked in the building on top the station, I saw it most days of the week. Good to know we are all humin... human.
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@paigea (21000)
• Canada
17 Aug 16
I am always needing a reminder on this rule. Now to read both are acceptable just confuses me more!
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
17 Aug 16
I would say go which way you feel at the moment. I like s', but I refuse to lose any sleep over it!
@paigea (21000)
• Canada
17 Aug 16
@Ronrybs I have to know when I substitute teach in high school!
• Preston, England
5 Mar 16
there are many appaling uses of apostrophes like that
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
5 Mar 16
I just put it down to the evolution of the language. The missing S seems to be a product of recent times.
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• Preston, England
5 Mar 16
@Ronrybs lazy sign writing - surprised no one noticed before the sign went up
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• Lakewood, Colorado
4 Mar 16
OH my goodness I am in utter shock that the British are misspelling things. I say. Although it is not spelling to me, it is that dang apostrophe haha. I would say St James Park without any apostrophe.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
5 Mar 16
I have heard people say St James Park and others St James' Park. From all I've read both spellings are acceptable. Helps to things confused!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
5 Mar 16
@Ronrybs Yeah haha
@Lucky15 (33719)
• Philippines
4 Mar 16
Left..not.right I mean the one on the left is wrong.
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@Asylum (46767)
• Manchester, England
4 Mar 16
The one on the left is clearly wrong. It is hard to believe that they have not corrected this because I am sure that many people must have mentioned it in the past.
@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
4 Mar 16
I not at all sure which one is 'wrong', if any. The one on the right is only one on the platform, all the others are like the left one. Don't you just love English!
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@Asylum (46767)
• Manchester, England
4 Mar 16
@Ronrybs I can recognise it as being wrong immediately. The apostrophe comes last in any situation where the final letter is an S, which would include the cows' feet or Santa Claus' sack.
@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
4 Mar 16
@Asylum That got me thinking, so I pulled out my Fowler's, Gabay's Copywriters' compendium and Grammer for Grown Ups. Basically either is acceptable, but I got lost in the various rules of it all!
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@Raelove (15054)
• Saco, Maine
4 Mar 16
Actually, neither is wrong. The one on the right is the more common usage, as it's less clumsy. Here's a link that elaborates further on it.
Possessive Forms in English
@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
4 Mar 16
Koalemos got me thinking and I pulled out several grammer books and that is the conclusion I came to, as well
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@Raelove (15054)
• Saco, Maine
4 Mar 16
@Ronrybs According to one of my sources, consistency is key. If you add the 'S in one place in your writing, it must be used in all following instances. Glad you got an answer to your question. I love grammar and word usage posts.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
4 Mar 16
@Raelove I tend to use only one S, I like it that way
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@pgntwo (21363)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
5 Mar 16
That humble apostrophe is responsible for so many arguments...
@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
5 Mar 16
A humble task, but someone has to do the job!
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@Oishi24 (46)
• Kolkata, India
5 Mar 16
The left one is definitely wrong. Apostrophe never comes before "S".
@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
5 Mar 16
According to various books, either is okay. The one on the right is the more modern way of using an apostrophe... probabbly!
@teamfreak16 (35004)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 Mar 16
Proper spelling seems to have gone by the wayside.
@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
5 Mar 16
I do like the spell checker function, but the gammer rules aren't that great!
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