Apostrophes after Z (with Examples)
Apostrophes after ZThis page is about whether to use 's (apostrophe s) or just ' (just an apostrophe) to show the possessive form of a noun that ends -z. In other words, it is about whether to write:
Gomez' attitude or Gomez's attitude
Forming the Possessive with a Noun Ending ZHere is the answer:
Use 's to show the possessive form of a singular noun ending -z.Therefore:
- Gomez' attitude
- Gomez's attitude
- Gomez's ball
- Gonzalez's house
- Gutierrez's brother
- Hernandez's dog
- Lopez's way
- Perez's garden
Some More Examples with an Apostrophe after ZHere are some more examples of nouns ending z in the possessive case:
- These are Dr. Sanchez's patients.
- The questions are full of unpronounceable words because the quiz's real purpose is to embarrass the host.
Why Is There Confusion over Z's and Z'?Confusion arises because the possessive form of singular nouns that end s (e.g., Moses, series, Wales) can be shown by adding 's or just '.
The general rule for those nouns is write their possessive forms how you would pronounce them. For example:
- Jones' report is terrible. (This is for those people who pronounce it Jones.)
- Jones's report is terrible. (This is for those people who pronounce it Jonesiz.)
Read more about the possessive forms of singular nouns ending s.