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nutritious-hair-72580

11/29/2022, 10:32 PM
Minor thing- docs are inconsistent with use of
Pants'
vs
Pants's
for possessive case. Is there a preference? I much prefer the former but not sure if usage varies internationally.
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hundreds-father-404

11/29/2022, 10:34 PM
I don't think we have a standard. Both are valid English according to most grammarians (I personally prefer the latter.)
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nutritious-hair-72580

11/29/2022, 10:36 PM
Interesting.
Pants's
looks wrong to me, (Aus/UK) but thought it might be different elsewhere.
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hundreds-father-404

11/29/2022, 10:36 PM
That's Chris's book
That's Chris' book
I agree we should have a standard though
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nutritious-hair-72580

11/29/2022, 10:37 PM
Yes, i'm also sensitive to this with my name 😆
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hundreds-father-404

11/29/2022, 10:38 PM
I personally prefer the latter
I think I prefer it because it feels more explicit. I vaguely suspect it's more clear to people whose first language isn't English. But I'm from the US, so that's only a guess
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nutritious-hair-72580

11/29/2022, 10:39 PM
I don't actually mind if it's not standardised, I don't think it sticks out too much, but just good to know which is preferred. I generally lean towards US english for docs, so if that's what it is, happy to keep it that way for any updates.
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happy-kitchen-89482

11/29/2022, 10:40 PM
It should be
Pants's
, since “Pants”, in this context, is a singular noun
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“Pants is the best build system”, not “Pants are…”
At least that’s how I was taught back in the prehistoric days, It’s quite possible that
Pants'
is correct as well.
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flat-zoo-31952

11/29/2022, 10:52 PM
Do you pronounce Pants’s “pantses”?
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happy-kitchen-89482

11/29/2022, 10:52 PM
Yep
h

hundreds-father-404

11/29/2022, 10:52 PM
I do. One of "Pants-es benefits is"
we use that in our talks and YouTube videos
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enough-analyst-54434

11/29/2022, 11:09 PM
Grammar is excessively ridiculous. My ex wife was / is a writing Professor and she disavows it.
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nutritious-hair-72580

11/29/2022, 11:10 PM
I agree with the logic above, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to apply 😢. Different style guides use both, but it seems the extra
s
is more popular.
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curved-television-6568

11/29/2022, 11:24 PM
I think the trailing s is optional, possibly tied to the fact when it sits on another s, much like i is often dropped in favor of ‘ as in that’s instead of that is. Not sure ;)