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Walruses's vs Walrus's, etc?

 
 
Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 03:43 pm
What is grammatically correct?

Hypothetically there are 3 walrus. a mom, dad, and baby.
i want to say something like "The Walrus's baby is very playful"

i read that "The plural of walrus is walruses or walrus. Either is acceptable, although walruses appears to be the more common use. "

what is the correct plural possessive noun for walrus?

thank you
 
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 04:01 pm
The walruses' baby (apostrophe after the plural -es)


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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 11:21 pm
Or the walrus' baby.
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Miss L Toad
 
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Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 11:59 pm
Quote:
The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings."


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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2016 01:18 am
Quote:
i want to say something like "The Walrus's baby is very playful"

Note that walrus is not ordinarily a proper noun so you would not normally start the word with a capital W, unless you wished to pretend (like in children's books etc) that the parents were a married couple of humanised animals. E.g. Mr and Mrs Dog and their son Buster Dog. Also, animals are not normally said to have 'babies' unless they are humanised (anthropomorphised) in this way, or sometimes when talking to very young children. A young walrus is called a 'calf'.

If you are so pretending, then the married couple would be called the Walruses and their young 'baby' would be the Walrus baby, as with humans you would have the Jones baby, the Smith baby etc.

Perhaps you could clarify your intention?


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