Plurals and Possessives
Editorial Style Guide
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Form plurals of family names that end in s by adding es.
The Jameses live in Waterville.
Form plurals and possessives of proper names that end with s, x, and z like this:
the Joneses’ reputation
Bro Adams’s hair
Dr. Savitz’s holdings
The Savitzes’ shared assets
The Mules’ victory
Karl Marx’s theories
Form plurals of the following by adding s alone.
the early 1920s (the early ’20s)
in twos and threes
Form plurals of the following by adding ’s.
M.A.’s and Ph.D.’s
S’s, A’s, and I’s
x’s and y’s
the three R’s
3. Preferred plurals