Friday, September 19, 2008
We received this "grammar cop" question from a reader of our blog. Click here to send your answers directly to her, or post them here as comments. Here's the question:
I found your website researching the internet on grammar in legal writing. My office is having a discussion and we just cannot figure out which way is the correct way to do this and I was hoping that you'd be willing to just help us out!
Our title of the document is:
Plaintiff's Answer to Defendant's Counterclaim.
Seems clear enough, but when you add in the defendant's name, it becomes an issue for us.
Is the correct way (notice the placement of possession):
Plaintiff's Answer to Defendant, John Doe's, Counterclaim
or is it:
Plaintiff's Answer to Defendant's, John Doe, Counterclaim