Movie title: My Boss's Daughter. Is this grammatically correct?

Question:I was at the video store the other night, and happend to glance upon this horrible, hopefully forgotten film. To my further dismay, I found that the title appeared to be grammatically incorrect. However, I was certain, no matter how terrible the film was, such a thing could not have slipped past so many people if it were not grammatically acceptable to some degree.

In school, I was always taught that it would be "My Boss' Daughter" as opposed to "My Boss's Daughter". However, it's entirely possible that this was simplified for elementary students, and I never learned any modifying clauses that may apply.


I have a feeling that it may have been an intentional mistake.

"My Boss' Daughter" may not capture your attention as much as you are glancing at titles in a video store. It could look like "My Boss Daughter" which would not make sense.

"My Boss's Daughter" while not gramatically correct is more likely to capture attention of people who are quickly looking at titles in a video store. It is quicker to decipher what the movie is about using this, incorrect, grammer.

Does this make sense...probably not :)
it should be "My Boss' Daughter"
No you are correct. When iterating a possessive noun you would use an apostrophe followed by an "s", except in the case when the word ends with the letter "s" as in boss, Chris or Les, where you would then only use an apostrophe at the end of the', Chris' and Les'.

I can't believe how many grammatical errors I've found in places where you never expect because you assume that these people are college educated and would be aware of simple english language grammar rules. I'm not college educated and have always considered myself to be ignorant when it comes to grammar so when I can spot the errors in a news article via print, web and tv it disgusts me.
You're right on all counts! The movie was terrible and the grammatical error even worse. Maybe it was a portent as to what the movie was going to be like. ;)

My Boss' Daughter, indeed.
Just like you, I was taught that it is grammatically correct to spell it "My Boss's Daughter" but during the beginning of my senior year, one of my friends/classmates came up to me asking for my help in editing his paper before turning it in. I came across something like "My Boss's Daughter" and I immediately corrected him but he argued he was right. So after much debate, I decided to prove him wrong. I got up and asked our teacher for his input, and to my surprise, he said both ways were correct! Two years later, and I still refuse to believe that.
This is just a question of style.

In the UK, "My boss's daughter" would be considered correct, just like "Mrs Jones's daughter".

I, too, was taught the "Mrs Jones' daughter" rule at school, but that was a long time ago, and fashion has moved on.

I prefer the modern form ("My boss's daughter") because it better reflects that actual sound when you say the phrase.
My Boss' Daughter is gramatically correct
Nothing wrong with the original title 'My Boss's Daughter'
Either Boss' or Boss's is acceptable. I know. I teach English.
Actually, "Boss's" is the more correct gramatically, but you can use both. Boss' is acceptable, but my english teacher tells us that we should do it Boss's in our GCSE in case we get an evil examiner, although that is extremely unlikely. Boss' is a colloquialism.
They're both grammatically correct actually it just looks better to leave the 's' out.
The added s is the preferred form.
single syllabled nouns in the possessive form ALWAYS has an apostrophe-s added to them... ok? i.e. Jess's, Boss's, Tess's... and those with two or more syllables you just add an apostrophe....i.e. Carlos'...

i hope i helped you
That's totally wrong...It should be " Boss' " just like you said.
I think it may be correct. "Boss" isn't a plural noun, so "Boss's" is okay. But "Boss' " looks better, and more people use that instead of "Boss's."
As we taught , (Boss') is grammatically correct.
Both are correct. They teach the no S method in school because it's neater, and to the societal standards. Much the same way Americans teach "or" and the British teach "our". It's stylistic, and neither is grammatically incorrect.

I believe the choice to use "Boss's" was more a choice of marketting, than anything. "My Boss' Daughter" in certain typefaces or contexts could appear as "My Boss Daughter" to the casual glancer, which is not the intended result.
Yes. "My Boss's Daughter" is gramatically correct. Though adding only an apostrophe to show possession in noun's ending in "s" is usually taught in earlier school life. It is taught in highschool and college that apostrophe + s is used to show possession even for words ending in "s, x, or z" IF AND ONLY IF the world that follows it DOES NOT BEGIN WITH AN "S" ... thus, the title is grammatically correct. ^_^
I'm no english professor, but the title "is" in fact incorrect. The more proper form of the word is "Bosses". While it is true in some contexts to place an apostrophe after an "S", by adding an "e" to the word, you can turn this into a proper noun (as the example applies above).

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