Calling all grammar nerds. I’ve got a question for you: should it be Season’s greetings from the Smiths … or Smith’s?
As holiday season quickly approaches, so do the mountains of cards you receive in the mail. While the baby photos and Christmas sweaters are adorable, I can’t help but get stuck on the bad grammar mistakes I find in almost all the cards. One after another, I notice the same issues with use of apostrophes in last names.
If you’re ever in a pickle about holiday card grammar, we can help. Here’s an official guide to walk you through putting your name on your upcoming card.
Here are a few quick rules:
- Never add an apostrophe. Season Greetings from the Smiths
- If your last name ends with “s, x, z, ch, sh”, then add an “es” at the end of your name. Season Greetings from Joneses
- If your last name ends with any other letter, just add an s. Season Greetings from Kranes
A few questions people have may have.
What about names ending in Y? Just add an “s”, not “ies”. Season Greetings from the Hensleys
Should I ever add an apostrophe? Only if you want to make it possessive.
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