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Help please - referring to surnames as a collective. Apostraphe or not?

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TheYearOfTheCat Tue 14-Oct-08 13:34:21

Can anyone help? I am writing cards for my DS' christening.

I want to say:

The Smiths would like to invite The Donnellys to . . . . .

Should there be an apostraphe before the s? As in:

The Smith's would like to invite The Donnelly's?

I wouldn't have thought so normally, but I have a nagging doubt that things are different for surnames.

I would be grateful for any advice.

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Tue 14-Oct-08 13:34:47

No apostrophe.

castille Tue 14-Oct-08 13:35:11

No apostrophe, never in a plural, not even for surnames. Definintely.

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Tue 14-Oct-08 13:35:15

It's just a straight plural rather than a possessive thingy (or a missing letter)

mabanana Tue 14-Oct-08 13:35:26

no

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Tue 14-Oct-08 13:35:50

Or use The <<surname>> family to avoid any gaffes?

castille Tue 14-Oct-08 13:39:14

I mean definitely of course...

TheYearOfTheCat Tue 14-Oct-08 13:58:29

Thank you - now I feel silly blush

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