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So, for a last name like “Stachewicz”...would it be The Stachewiczs or the The Stachewiczes?
Whether the final "cz" is pronounced "ch" or "ts", they are both sibilants and thus should be followed by "-es".
September 2, 2008, 10:55am
It is definitly stachewiczes. It is pronounced stack-ho-vich.
August 27, 2008, 7:49pm
I agree. This is a classic case of spelling it how you say it. I would sound the "e" vowel before the final "s", so go ahead and put it in!
Prof. Oliver Beer
August 23, 2008, 3:34am
I agree. More specifically, though, because of the all the consonants happening within close proximity when the name goes plural. It feels better on the tongue to slip in a bit of vowel. This of course is going more on instinct than anything.
July 9, 2008, 12:17pm
Stachewicz looks to me like a Polish name and Polish cz corresponds to English ch as far as I know. ch is a sibilant and words ending in sibilants usually get the -es pluralization. So my vote goes with "Stachewiczes."
June 25, 2008, 12:16pm
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