Monday, November 3, 2008


Punctuation: The Possessive of Lists

The rule for punctuation of the possessive of items in a list is that you put the "'s" only after the last item (source, e.g. this site). Thus: "I went to John and Mary's house." That sounds right. How about this? "I went to John, Mary, Joe, Andrew, and Matilda's house." That sounds right too.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The linked source encourages the use of a serial comma before the final item in a list. While not always necessary, using that final comma can help. My favorite example:

"I’d like to thank my parents, Mother Theresa and the Pope."

November 5, 2008 4:39 PM  

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