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Re: The possessive of US?

Posted by TheFallen on March 20, 2003

In Reply to: Bob - punctuation posted by Monica on March 20, 2003

: So, Bob, should "U.S.'s" really be "U.S.s'"? I think so. It would then transfer to "United States'" if it were spelled out.
: Your comment is keeping me on my perfectionist's toes.
: Monica

What a good question! Example - "What do you think of the United States' foreign policy?" Monica rightly points out that when written in full, it should be United States', but I have no clue what it should strictly be when the abbreviation is used, either with or without periods. I suspect that most authors would avoid the thorny issue entirely and just go with "US foreign policy".