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Which is correct punctuation?

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

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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.

    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.

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

  • lilangilyn is correct! :)

    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).

    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.

    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"

    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.

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

  • Not missing your period.

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

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