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Which is correct punctuation?

The Smiths house.  The Smith's house. ..or   The Smiths' house.  

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:48 PM on May. 3, 2011 in Just for Fun

Answers (8)
  • The last one if you are talking about more than one Smith.
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 4:49 PM on May. 3, 2011

  • If their name is Smith, than the punctuation is Smith's. If it is Smiths. Then the apostrophe comes after the s, Smiths' Or you could just say the Smith house, with no s.
    lilangilyn

    Answer by lilangilyn at 4:49 PM on May. 3, 2011

  • lilangilyn is correct! :)
    Ethans_Ma

    Answer by Ethans_Ma at 4:55 PM on May. 3, 2011

  • Well, you can Smith's house or Smiths' house because the first once refers to the one Smith family, the second would be refering to each member of the Smith family (as in these are the Smiths).
    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 5:08 PM on May. 3, 2011

  • Thank you.. So for the purpose of a party invitation it would be the Smith's house.
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 5:25 PM on May. 3, 2011

  • annon - thats right - most commonly we would say " the Smith's house"
    AmaliaD

    Answer by AmaliaD at 6:48 PM on May. 3, 2011

  • The Smiths' House; that is the plural possessive. It is assumed there is more than one Smith living in the house.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:01 PM on May. 3, 2011

  • Not missing your period.
    MyMyOhMy

    Answer by MyMyOhMy at 10:14 PM on May. 3, 2011

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