According to what I read and the rules I posted, even from a very open-minded source, these rules still seem to dominate in offical publications.elroy said:I realize that this topic has been positively exhausted, but I still want to share my two cents.
I was taught at my American school that the 's was required after names ending with s, except for "ancient" or "Biblical" names like Jesus, Moses, Xerxes.
So without the extra "s", you feel as though people would think that "Elias' dog" would be pronounced "Elias dog"? Hmm…Perhaps I'm particularly adamant about this issue because my own name is Elias, and I can't stand it when people write Elias'.
Well, obviously some people have really strong feelings about:
Elias's, Chris's, 1900s/1900's, etc.
I have no strong feelings at all, but I do wonder why exceptions were made in the first place for biblical names. And if "Elias's" is pronounced "Eliasez", I still wonder how the possessive form of Jesus and Moses is pronounced, regardless of punctuation!
Jesusez, Mosesez? I truly don't know!