Yes, this is a mystery writers blog. Yes, it has gotten notice from the WD folks and awarded 101 Best Sites for Writers nod for several years in a row. Yes, I am a multi-published author. But...I am having a very newbie, ignorant problem, and it is bothering me a LOT.
Here is my dilemma: Once again, I have a character with an S at the end of his name. I hate it when I have this problem because I never know how to make it plural.
The name is COLLINS.
So do I say, the ball was Collins's- or do I say, the ball was Collins' ?
I found this info online when I looked up a bit of help:
"...there are variations that should be followed according to the whether the word is a personal name or plural nouns beginning with s. For a personal name that you would say the extra s aloud, it should look like this:
Yet with personal names that are not spoken with the extra s the apostrophe is located at the end of the word:
So- this sort of helps me, I guess? I am thinking that it is Collins' ball- but still doesn't make me happy. If I say it out loud with my terrible southern accent, it sounds right, but hey, I am a SOUTHERNER. We make up words.
If anyone else is having this trouble and can shine a little light, let me know.
Happy Thursday, Murderers.