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Where does the apostrophe go?

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MaryPlain59 Mon 04-Jan-16 15:02:06

In the sentence "please write individual guests names against menu choices" could you tell me where I should put the apostrophe on the word 'guests' please.

BiscuitMillionaire Mon 04-Jan-16 15:04:35


plural guests, with apostrophe following it to show possession

PositivePete Mon 04-Jan-16 15:04:42

There is no apostrophe

FreshStart2016 Mon 04-Jan-16 15:05:07

Please write each guest's name against their menu choice


FreshStart2016 Mon 04-Jan-16 15:05:34

Pete hmm I despair!

multivac Mon 04-Jan-16 15:05:54

'his or her', FS, surely?

MrsHathaway Mon 04-Jan-16 15:06:39

Because it can be recast to say "the names of individual guests", when you flip it you need to make "guests" possessive: guests'.

Don't be confused by "individual"; it doesn't require singular syntax.

RiverTam Mon 04-Jan-16 15:06:40

'Each guest's name' works best.

BiscuitMillionaire Mon 04-Jan-16 15:06:55

although slightly complicated by the 'individual' suggesting singular, in a way. If it had the word 'each' (each individual guest) then I would put guest's. As it stands I would assume plural and so it would be guests'.

FreshStart2016 Mon 04-Jan-16 15:07:09

Of course, multi, but some people don't like doing that as it sounds too formal.

multivac Mon 04-Jan-16 15:09:02

This is pedants' corner, yes? So it's a question of correctness, not style...


ThatsNotMyRabbit Mon 04-Jan-16 15:09:14

Please write the name of each guest next to isotherm emu choice 😃

ThatsNotMyRabbit Mon 04-Jan-16 15:10:43

Ffs. His or her menu choice.

No idea what an isotherm emu is but it sounds awesome 😄

RNBrie Mon 04-Jan-16 15:11:55

I know it's not the point, but the "individual" isn't really required at all... I'd use "each guest's name against their menu choice" as it makes better sense.

But in the given sentence, it should go after the guests - guests' names

DramaAlpaca Mon 04-Jan-16 15:13:28

grin at isotherm emu!

Sprink Mon 04-Jan-16 15:15:53

I agree with guests' but would avoid it altogether, for ease:

"Please write the name of the guest against menu choices."

MaryPlain59 Mon 04-Jan-16 15:26:53

Thank you all so much I really appreciate you replying. We are putting a menu sheet in with our wedding invitations for our guests to indicate which meal they would like to select but the hotel also requires us to tell them the name of the guest making each selection hence not being sure of the correct wording and then where the apostrophe should be.

MrsHathaway Mon 04-Jan-16 15:35:08

"Please put your name against your menu choice" or "Please indicate who has chosen what from the menu".

FreshStart2016 Mon 04-Jan-16 15:36:08

Please initial your menu choice.

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