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7. Chicago Manual of Style 15e sez
7.17 Most nouns. The possessive of most singular nouns is formed by adding an apostrophe and an s, and the possessive of plural nouns (except for a few irregular plurals that do not end in s) by adding an apostrophe only. This practice, used in conjunction with the exceptions and options outlined in 7.19-22, reflects the way possessive forms are generally pronounced and is largely faithful to Strunk and White's famous rule 1. ... Since feeling on these matters sometime run high, users of this manual may wish to modify or add to the exceptions.

Additionally, according to 7.21, "To avoid an awkward appearance, an apostrophe without an s may be used for the possessive of singular words and names ending in an unpronounced s. Opt for this practice only if you are comfortable with it and are certain that the s is indeed unpronounced.
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