In the sentence, the “The dress’s / dress’ sleeve is too long,” how do you write the possessive form of dress? Dress’s or dress’?
“Dress’s” looks funny because three letters s come together. But “dress'” also looks funny because we pronounce a second syllable which seems not to be represented by a single apostrophe.
This question was presented to me by a high school student studying for his SATs. I told him that it’s probably better to use the apostrophe s even though that creates three letters s in a row. Other words which add a second pronounced syllable such as box’s and church’s add the apostrophe s. So based on pronunciation, I would add the apostrophe s.
Anyone know what the answer is?