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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2011, 04:48:08 AM »

For the singluar, you'd certainly write duchess' hat, but I think you'd say 'duchesses' hat. Just as you'd write Jesus' hat to be correct, but you'd probably say 'Jesuses' hat because it's easier to say and everyone would know what you meant.
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2011, 04:59:53 AM »

So if you were talking about a minor feather in the hat belonging to the Duchess' Uncle James, you'd write "The duchess' Uncle James's' hat's feather was scarcely worth talking about" ?

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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2011, 05:16:49 AM »

I think the way you've written that, Uncle James must be conjoined twins (both called James).  scratch
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2011, 05:24:46 AM »

Yes, I never intended that second ' to appear. The situation was made more complex because the Duchess's family always referred to Uncle James (who, actually was only visiting) as Unc'e Jam's (pronounced Unkie Jams)... so really should I have written:

"The duchess' Unc'e Jam's's (o'er from watching the football at St James' Park) hat's feather was scarcely worth talking about" ?

 
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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2011, 06:00:34 AM »

Yes! Go to the top of the class!  afro
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« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2011, 09:27:47 AM »

phew, to all of that!!!....
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.... no wonder i spent a lot of time in the corner Wink
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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2011, 01:46:28 PM »

 scratch My brain hurts....
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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2011, 01:49:35 PM »

We shall have to op-er-ate.
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