Assume someone's name ends with x. If we want to refer to one of his belongings, should we say ---x's or ---x'es?

The problem here is that if the pronunciation follows spelling.

  • A duplicate of the question Peter referred to.
    – Abbasi
    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:56
  • Not really. they are not the same.
    – lonesome
    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:11
  • Is your question about how to pronounce _____x's? And is that the only question? Jan 5, 2017 at 9:39

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When making a word ending with x plural, -es is added to the end. For example:

box → boxes

wax → waxes

However, when showing possession, which is what you are trying to do here, the regular -'s is used:

The house belonging to Alex → Alex's house.

The shirt belonging to Rex → Rex's shirt.

  • but how about when we pronounce it? doesn't it sound like x'es?
    – lonesome
    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:34
  • Pronunciation would be the same, yes.
    – mike
    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:45

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