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this is a really blonde moment question.

i have already gotten two christmas cards.. and it is throwing me for a loop because one was from the Thomas' and thats how they signed it. another was from the jonas's and thats how they signed it.. what is the proper way??? i know this, i just am thrown now after see'ing the two! my last name ends in an S as well! haha!

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:34 PM on Dec. 4, 2010 in Holidays

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  • that is the proper way to do it -- apostrophe after the S, no double

    Answer by sweet29mom at 12:35 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • oh wow i always signed it..The Berke's

    Answer by sandraberke at 12:44 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • The Berke's is correct.. haha! because your last name ends in an E thats when you do the 's thing! Our last name ends in an s, and i was confusd for a second.. haha.. if you think too hard it gets confusing!

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 12:46 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • The Thomas' did is the correct way.

    Answer by Melbornj at 1:05 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • No, the Berke's is not proper English, unless you are referring to ownership ("That is the Berke's house.") No apostrophe. The Berkes.
    When in doubt, you can just sign it, "The Thomas Family".

    Answer by musicpisces at 1:09 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Thomas'

    Answer by 45caliber at 1:10 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • i agree with musicpisces

    Answer by san78 at 2:59 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • musicpisces is correct.

    Answer by tryin2BGOOD at 3:00 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • my last names ends with a s as well and i dont put either on mine i put it like it is spelled and that is it!

    Answer by eaglesbaby1 at 3:02 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Actually, they're all wrong. My BA is in English and this is what I was always taught. If it is a word that is pural, use only the apostrophe. For example, "The airplanes' wings were all covered in ice.". But if it is a word that normally ends in S and is not pural, then use the 's. For example, "James's toy."

    However, when you are signing a letter from the entire family, you would be making your family name pural. The cards should have been signed "the Thomases", "the Jonases" and "the Berkes".

    Answer by HotMama330 at 3:07 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

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