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Help me please. I am in a pickle.

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Swex · 17/12/2014 23:06

Hmm. It's all about the apostrophe.

So, if it want to address a Christmas card to a family it's easier when they don't end in an 's' - Thompson and family - the Thompsons. Right?

What about when the name does end in and 's'? Douglas for example. Do I write - the Douglas's for example?

The apostrophe and I occasionally disagree.

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BaffledSomeMore · 17/12/2014 23:09

You don't need an apostrophe but you do need the plural.
So The Douglases
Or The Douglas Family

EdYouKateShaun · 17/12/2014 23:09

The Douglases

It looks stupid but apostrophes have nothing to do with plurals.

The Douglas Family is better. Grin

EdYouKateShaun · 17/12/2014 23:10

Impressive x post!

TheSpottedZebra · 17/12/2014 23:11

No apostrophe as it's just a plural - so the Douglas family is also the Douglases.

TheSpottedZebra · 17/12/2014 23:12

Huh, I got distracted there by a biscuit hence my very slow post!

BaffledSomeMore · 17/12/2014 23:12


DramaAlpaca · 17/12/2014 23:12

I'd fudge this one & address the card to 'The Douglas Family'.

Writing 'The Douglas's' is definitely wrong, but 'The Douglases' doesn't look right - and I'm not sure if it is Confused

DramaAlpaca · 17/12/2014 23:19

Oh, I cross-posted with everyone!

Swex · 18/12/2014 15:58

Thank you all! I am definitely writing the xxxx family for everyone. It's a mine field I tell you!

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