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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by wvsportswriter, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. I am having a brain fart here. We have a player in our coverage area with the last name Roberts. Is it Roberts' touchdown or Roberts's touchdown? Thanks in advance.
  2. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    I thought it would be Roberts' touchdown.

    However, checked Canadian Press Style Guide:

    Singular nouns and names ending in s (or s sound) normally take an s'.

    ie: Chris's sandwich, Burgess's novel, the witness's testimony, Strauss's opera.
  3. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Roberts' touchdown.
  4. Well, anyone care to cast the deciding vote? We have one for each.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Lots of papers don't use the Roberts's style.

    When in doubt, though, wv, go with "touchdown by Roberts."

    If I had a vote, I would use Roberts' over Roberts's (as you know, Robert's is just plain wrong).
  6. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    See, I think Roberts's is just plain wrong.

    It looks weird.
  7. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    New York Times stylo is, I believe, Roberts's.

    They're one of the few holdouts, though, because while correct, the extra-ess possessive looks awkward.
  8. Thanks. I vote for Roberts'
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  10. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    I'd use Roberts's, but I do like one of the previous suggestions: if you can write "touchdown by Roberts," that pleases everyone.
  11. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    I think the Roberts's is a new concept over the past few years. But it's still wrong.

    You wouldn't say, Rah - bertz - z touchdown. You would say Rah - bertz touchdown.
  12. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Isn't NYT style Mr. Roberts's???
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