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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin littlebee's Avatar
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    Apostrophe after "Z"

    Hi There,
    Please advise.
    When making a word plural that ends in the letter "z" (i.e. Gonzalez),
    is it correct to list the plural as Gonzalez'
    or Gonzalez's.
    I've seen both used and its driving me crazy! Thanks. :-)

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    The plural of Gonzalez is "Gonzalezes".

    I was going to dinner with the Gonzalezes, but we had to wait for Mrs. Gonzalez to get home before we left.

    The possessive of Gonzalez is "Gonzalez's".

    Mrs. Gonzalez's meeting ran late, so we didn't leave until nine.

    The possessive plural of Gonzalez is "Gonzalezes' ".

    When the waiter finally brought the food, the Gonzalezes' entrees were both cold.

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    The grimflits are out to get me Matera the Mad's Avatar
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    Apostrophes are used in possessives and contractions, NOT plurals, thank you please. "It's true, the Gonzalez' car was sideswiped by a truck, but none of the Gonzalezes were hurt."

    FYI:
    It's = it is
    its = belonging to it

    Shudder - I am allergic to the "apostrophleas" that infest some people's words.
    Inspiration can be as destructive as any other form of fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matera the Mad View Post
    Apostrophes are used in possessives and contractions, NOT plurals, thank you please...
    Apostrophes most certainly can be used with the plural form. Empress has given us a perfectly good example upthread:
    When the waiter finally brought the food, the Gonzalezes' entrees were both cold.

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