Conscience Sake, Conscience' Sake, or Conscience's Sake?

Conscience, appearance, and goodness often appear before the word sake. But should you make them possessive? Not even the experts can agree.

 

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One Response to “Conscience Sake, Conscience' Sake, or Conscience's Sake?”

  1. Thank you for the usage explanation referring to the various style guides. One more that I use is the King James Bible since I write to an audience that reads it. In there, I find "for conscience sake" with no apostrophe. So, I will write it like that. That way, when members of my reading audience keyword search the Bible, they will more easily find verses in which the expression is used. Thanks again!