You know that little –> ‘ <– that I put next to my name?
That’s on purpose.
It’s a confusing story, really, and I didn’t learn the truth until a couple years ago.
When I was in elementary school, my mom told me there was an apostrophe in my name. Even back then, I was a tiny grammar nerd, so I did exactly as I was told, and I spelled my name: Chloe’.
Many people have asked me why it’s written so strangely or if it’s just a mistake when I sign my emails. I’ve had to tell them a million times, No, that’s really my name, you can write it like that too.
But the h8ers were getting to me. Why was my name so strange? Did I really have an apostrophe there?
I asked my mom and she insisted it was true – it was even on my birth certificate!
So we got the birth certificate out.
Turns out, my mom is not a grammar nerd.
On my birth certificate, there is an accent mark over the (é).
What are ya gonna do? I have always spelled my name this way, and I will always continue to.
Maybe that’s why, subconsciously, I became an English teacher 😉
Grammar Tip of the Day! from Grammarbook.com and edited by me.
Rule: To make the plural of a name that ends with a ch, s, or z sound, add es. If a name ends in ch, but is pronounced with a hard k sound, its plural takes s and not es.
The Sanchezes will be over soon.
The Thomases moved away.
The Churches have arrived but the Bohmbachs are running late.
Rule: To show singular possession of a name ending in ch, add ’s on the end of the name. Example: Harry Birch’s house
Rule: To show singular possession of a name ending in s or z, you can add an apostrophe or apostrophe + s. Both are okay!
Bill Williams’ car OR Bill Williams’s car
Mrs. Sanchez’s children
Rule: To show plural possession of a name ending in s, ch, or z, form the plural first; then immediately use the apostrophe.
the Williamses’ car
the Birches’ house
the Sanchezes’ children
That’s all, folks.