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I was reading the history for Perkins's tent and I see it was switched back and forth quite often. Which is actually correct? I would think Perkins's, since it is not truly plural; but then again, I am not the best with grammar. This is how I figure it:

Mr. Perkins's tent (as an individual, singular)

the Perkinses' tent (as a family, plural)

Mr. Smith's tent (as an individual)

the Smiths' tent (as a family)

I believe the same goes with a name that ends in -s that would go with one that doesn't. In which case, leave it be. But I wanted to double check. If we cannot come to a consensus, we might be able to say Perkinses' just to be safe, since it definitely is not Perkinses's. Though, I do not know if it is mentioned whether Perkins has a family, and (even so) would they all own the tent?

Wait, does Arthur mention anything about it being "Perkins'(s)". If so, that would clear up any grammar disputes, since I guess we can agree Rowling's grammar is law. =D 03:11, June 7, 2010 (UTC)

In the text you see: Sirius's so that is what we use on this wiki. --JKochRavenclawcrest(Owl Me!) 03:33, June 7, 2010 (UTC)