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This month’s workout, “Possessives,” centers on section 7.15–28 of CMOS 16. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study those sections of the Manual before answering the questions.
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Note: These questions are designed to test knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style. Other style guides may have different rules and guidelines. All ten questions this month are true/false.
Chicago Style Workout 10: Possessives (CMOS 7.15–28)
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A note on No. 5: There are nouns that end in -s where the singular and plural forms are the same but the possessive forms distinguish between singular and plural, for example, “marquis”: “The marquis’s daughters attended the dance.” / “The two marquis’ daughters met at the dance.” At least, that is how I would form the possessive plural of “marquis” (and pronounce both singular and plural possessive as [mar-KEEZ]).
That’s an interesting point! Chicago style is able to avoid that issue by preferring the plural marquises, per Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.
Yes, that’s fine, but if you are writing a lot about the French nobility you may want to have a way of distinguishing the marquises from their wives and widows, the marquises.
100% — Guess creating that cheat sheet last month was worth it. 🙂
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