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How to Make Names With Apostrophes Possessive

Have you ever wondered how to make a possessive name such as McDonald's, Carl's, or St. Anthony's possessive?

By
Mignon Fogarty,
October 14, 2011

  by Mignon Fogarty

apostrophes possessive

Have you ever wondered how to make a possessive name such as McDonald's, Carl's, or St. Anthony's possessive?

The short answer is don't! Rewrite the sentence to avoid such a construction because technically, you're supposed to add another apostrophe or apostrophe and s on the end—which looks ridiculous.

  • McDonald's's earnings were super-sized last quarter. (technically correct)

  • McDonald's' earnings were super-sized last quarter. (technically correct)

  • McDonald's reported super-sized earnings last quarter. (better)

Learn why there are two answers that are technically correct.

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