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Bubastes
10-15-2006, 04:54 AM
Which is the proper possessive form? Chicago Manual of Style appears to call for General Mills', but I wanted to run it by AW to make sure. Thanks!

Phouka
10-15-2006, 08:52 AM
I'd write General Mills'. That extra 's throws me off and makes me stutter when I read it.

newmod
10-15-2006, 09:45 PM
I´d say both are acceptable. Your editor will have last word no doubt :)

Jamesaritchie
10-17-2006, 06:05 PM
If you're talking about the company, it's just General Mills.

Bubastes
10-17-2006, 06:23 PM
If you're talking about the company, it's just General Mills.

I'm using "General Mills" to modify a noun, so I need to figure out the proper possessive form. I settled on General Mills' (no extra "s") based on the style book. Newmod is correct -- my editor will have the last word anyway.

Thanks!

Jamesaritchie
10-17-2006, 06:37 PM
I'm using "General Mills" to modify a noun, so I need to figure out the proper possessive form. I settled on General Mills' (no extra "s") based on the style book. Newmod is correct -- my editor will have the last word anyway.

Thanks!

You'll get a good bit of argument, but I'd do it exactly the way you have. It's the form I always use, and I've never had an editor change it.

SweetDanger
10-19-2006, 08:14 PM
My last name is Mills, and I much prefer Mills'! (But I've always understood that both are correct.)

E.

Sprinkz
10-21-2006, 04:50 AM
Tom Mills.

Tom Mills' toys.

It's that simple.

YouFunnyToo
10-22-2006, 06:13 AM
Mills's, according the the copyediting staff at my house.