grammarNOW! Tip of the Week: plurals of names

Remember: NEVER use an apostrophe to form a plural of a name. Here are examples of this common ERROR:

The Singh’s
The Jones’s
The Martinez’s

The rule: To form a plural, just add ‘s’ or ‘es’:

The Singhs
The Joneses
The Martinezes (Yes, that sounds awkward, but it’s correct. To avoid all those syllables, try revising the construction. Instead of this:
I know all the Martinezes.
Try this:
I know the whole Martinez family.)

When you need to make the name possessive, the apostrophe is correct:

The Singhs’ house
The Joneses’ party
The Martinezes’ wedding
Note that you form the plural first and then make it possessive.

For a single person, just add apostrophe-s:

Rav Singh’s house
Karen Jones’s party
Julio Martinez’s wedding

grammarNOW! says:

Simple!

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