Source talk:Van der Meer, Ad. Repertorium van Nederlandse Gemeenten 1812-2006

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[22 March 2009]

I see here 'town's' name; that keeps confusing me; so it is Peter's car, the apostrophe not depending on a vowel.--Leo Bijl 16:46, 22 March 2009 (EDT)

It's not dependent upon a vowel - but if the word is plural and ends in an s, there is a different rule. So, yes, Peter's car, Rinske's motorcycle, Johannes's truck! The rule changes for something like the boys' treehouse. Since boys is plural, and ends in s, you don't duplicate the s, you just tack the apostrophe on the end.--Jennifer (JBS66) 16:56, 22 March 2009 (EDT)

Get that yes, read trough a book here and there, got it again, but what I do there see is: Thycidides' admirers....that is different from johannes's truck.

Btw: Van der is perfectly right here, because it is the first word in the sentence. Good to know!

Hey - page editing conflict! (had the same yesterday, gone it was) I was adding the following:

Well, I guess there is some dissension here on the rules - for your reference Wikipedia:Apostrophe. Personally, even if a word ending in s is singular, I don't usually add the extra s, so I would tend to do Johannes' truck. Just sounds better.--Jennifer (JBS66) 17:14, 22 March 2009 (EDT)
  • Interesting indeed; the origin of the noun itself also plays a part; With "Descartes' book... or Johannes'..." you at least have Sir Moses Finley behind you, one of the greatest 20th century historians of antiquity...so...:)