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Quick apostrophe query

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Slubberdegullion · 07/12/2010 13:42

A night out for the Y2 mums, would that be 'Y2 Mums' Christmas Night Out'.

The night out belongs to lots of mums so the apostrophe goes after?

Somehow it looks wrong and odd.

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NoahAndTheWhale · 07/12/2010 13:44

I agree with you. It is a night belonging to many mums. But at the same time it looks odd.

I think it would be fine putting

'Y2 Mums Christmas Night Out'

bisybackson · 07/12/2010 13:44

Might look odd but is right.

GrimmaTheNome · 07/12/2010 13:48

It only looks odd because you've become too accustomed to seeing apostrophes misused.

Being from the ancient generation who were taught punctuation, it looks right to me!

My mother (from an even more ancient generation, and a teacher to boot) has been asking the staff at her care home which lucky individual is to be chosen to partake of the "Resident's Christmas Dinner".

Abr1de · 07/12/2010 13:51

It's descriptive or indicative, really, (not the night out for Y3 Mums or Y5 Dads) so doesn't need an apostrophe.

Slubberdegullion · 07/12/2010 13:53

lol Grimma, with the rest of the elderly folk looking on forlornly.

OK thanks for that you guys. Was just about to press print and then was seized by a terrible moment of apostrophe doubt.

Just as an aside if I put what Noah said
Y2 Mums Christmas Night Out, would that be OK too if I put a colon or a semi colon after Mums?

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amistillsexy · 07/12/2010 13:55

Why not call it

Christmas night out for Y2 Mums

and have no need for an apostrophe at all. You could also make use of the proper spelling of Christmas while you're at it (Christmas Pedant! Xmas Smile ).

amistillsexy · 07/12/2010 13:57

Oh My Goodness, I've just re-read all the other posts and no-one has used Xmas!!!! Sorry- don't know why I thought that had been used Xmas Blush

Slubberdegullion · 07/12/2010 13:58

well I've gone and pressed print now.

Where did I spell Christmas wrong? Confused

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BecauseImWorthIt · 07/12/2010 13:59

I hate that abbreviation too, amistillsexy! Thought I was the only one.

And yes, OP, "mums'" is correct.

Slubberdegullion · 07/12/2010 13:59
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Slubberdegullion · 07/12/2010 14:00


Is it MUMS or MUMS' people??

Should have just stuck with sodding Night Out

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amistillsexy · 07/12/2010 14:00

I think I'm just so used to seeing it and thinking AAAARGGGH! That now I see it when it's not even there! I'll be using it myself next! Xmas Grin

GrimmaTheNome · 07/12/2010 14:03

What's wrong with Xmas? X was a conventional abbreviation for 'Christos' - Greek chi character. It was Xtians who invented the term!

Ariesgirl · 07/12/2010 14:06

It's right. It's a possessive - the night out belongs to the Y2 mums, a plural

Go with it! Y2 Mums' Christmas Night Out. If anyone pulls you up on it, send them to me.

amistillsexy · 07/12/2010 14:09

As far as I'm aware (and, as I've already proved, my brain is mush), the night out is for the Y2 Mums, so it belongs to them, so you should use the possessive apostrophe. Because there are more than one mums, you put the apostrophe after the s:

Y2 Mums' xmas Christmas Night Out

Of course, if you want to be really pedantic, you might want to point out that it is actually your children who are Y2, not you, so you are actually the "Mums of Y2 children"...

Mums of Y2 children's Christmas night out

(apostrophe before the s in children as it's already a plural)

Xmas Confused

I'm happy to be told I'm wrong, but I need to go for a long lie down in a dark room now.

Slubberdegullion · 07/12/2010 14:10

Thank you Ariesgirl, was about to start hunting for the tippex.

I'm slightly amused by the thought of a bunch of Y2 mums in the village pub at the 2 for 1 pie event owning the night.

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Slubberdegullion · 07/12/2010 14:16

cor amistillsexy

But but you couldn't actually be in Y2 and be a mum so can the pedantically incorrect Y2 mum not just be used, you know, for ease of purpose?

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