Grammar - Christmas at the ..Sign

(11 Posts)
smellylittleorange Sat 29-Oct-16 12:50:38

Please help i'm confused - Christmas at the ..signs

Christmas at the Oranges'

or Christmas at the Oranges ( because there is no noun following...)

I asked my husband and he just laughed - when you look at all the signs on ebay/notonthe highstreet etc they are all different . I was sure I was right with the first option but reading on the internet I may be wrong..or I am reading American grammar rules - are they different??

ChipIn Sat 29-Oct-16 13:02:51

You need the apostrophe because it's possession, not a plural.

allegretto Sat 29-Oct-16 13:04:38

It is a plural. You don't need an apostrophe.

MrsGsnow18 Sat 29-Oct-16 13:04:40

Yes you need apostrophe assuming that it's short for Christmas at the oranges' house.

If it was Christmas with the oranges then no apostrophe needed as it's plural.

peaceloveandbiscuits Sat 29-Oct-16 13:05:44

As mrsg says

allegretto Sat 29-Oct-16 13:06:41

If you mean at the Oranges' home then it is possessive but it is also a question of style- I wouldn't put it. It use WITH instead of AT to solve the problem!

MrsGsnow18 Sat 29-Oct-16 13:09:55

Yes I also prefer WITH.

smellylittleorange Sat 29-Oct-16 13:22:04

I prefer WITH to but I can't seem to find any signs that say that. So just imagine Orange was my surname - the amount of signs that I have seen that say Christmas at the Orange's is truly shocking!

I am probably going to have to make one myself which was what I was trying to avoid ..my poncing skills are not up to scratch!

smellylittleorange Sat 29-Oct-16 13:22:39

too not to blush

peaceloveandbiscuits Sat 29-Oct-16 13:26:00

No, you meant to

peaceloveandbiscuits Sat 29-Oct-16 13:26:23

Oh wait the first to should have been too blush

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