#1
well, i'm writing invites for my birthday party, and i don't know if,where the apostrophe would go in: Hughes Birthday

help would be much appreciated, as i'm getting them printed up tomorrow

cheers

Edit: my last name is Hughes, i need to know if it should be: Hughes, Hughes', or Hughes's
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#3
The proper way would be "Hughes' Birthday."

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This, if the name is Hugh. If the name is Hughes, follow mine.
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The proper way would be "Hughes' Birthday."
Grammar really is my cross to bear, but wouldn't that imply there's more than one Hugh's party?
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#6
i'm going with: Hughes', i thought it was but just wanted to make sure, thanks chaps
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#7
Technically it should be 'Hughes's birthday', because you don't add an s to possessive nouns only when they're plural. However, saying 'Hughes's' is quite awkward and 'Hughes' already has the S sound so it'd be fine to just write "Hughes'"
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Grammar really is my cross to bear, but wouldn't that imply there's more than one Hugh's party?


A word ending in 'S,' when given possession, will have an apostrophe placed at the end.

Example, for a man whose last name is Simmons:

"Simmons' car broke down the other day."
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nope, that would be "the hughes's party" i presume
idk lol
Right, right. That's correct.
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Technically it should be 'Hughes's birthday', because you don't add an s to possessive nouns only when they're plural. However, saying 'Hughes's' is quite awkward and 'Hughes' already has the S sound so it'd be fine to just write "Hughes'"

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A word ending in 'S,' when given possession, will have an apostrophe placed at the end.

Example, for a man whose last name is Simmons:

"Simmons' car broke down the other day."


That rule is for plurals, not simply for words ending in S.

"All three persons' votes" = correct
"The lass' vote" = incorrect. Should be 'The Lass's vote'.
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That rule is for plurals, not simply for words ending in S.

"All three persons' votes" = correct
"The lass' vote" = incorrect. Should be 'The Lass's vote'.


I looked up the apostrophe rules. You are right. I guess I have been schooled improperly.
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That rule is for plurals, not simply for words ending in S.

"All three persons' votes" = correct
"The lass' vote" = incorrect. Should be 'The Lass's vote'.
The difference is the plural and singular possessive, right?

EX:

Singular possessive:
-The teacher's apple began to rot.

Plural possessive:
-All of the teachers' lesson plan appeared to be outdated.

Just a confirmation, but I believe these are correct?
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That rule is for plurals, not simply for words ending in S.

"All three persons' votes" = correct
"The lass' vote" = incorrect. Should be 'The Lass's vote'.


I completely agree with this.

Although I remember a huuuuuge thread about this a while back. I believe the general consensus was that this is 100% correct in America; however in England both of the previous examples would have been correct (I think).

It's been a while, but thats what I remember from the thread.
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I looked up the apostrophe rules. You are right. I guess I have been schooled improperly.

It is both ways, actually. I was taught the way you were, which is acceptable, but the way Meh was referring to is more modern.
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If your name is Hugh it's:
Hugh's party
If it's Hughes it's:
Hughes's party
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It is both ways, actually. I was taught the way you were, which is acceptable, but the way Meh was referring to is more modern.



dat's cuz u a sille 'mercin dat cant spell

It will be a convention thing, but what I described is 'the rule' so I think it's a good place to start.
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The difference is the plural and singular possessive, right?

EX:

Singular possessive:
-The teacher's apple began to rot.

Plural possessive:
-All of the teachers' lesson plan appeared to be outdated.

Just a confirmation, but I believe these are correct?


Yup, but obviously with 'plans'.
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Yup, but obviously with 'plans'.
Right, typo
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