Sorry I've been a little AWOL from blogging lately. I've been pretty busy with taking care of my family and home, as well as getting Wild Berries Photography off the ground. But I've had a grammar issue on my mind lately that I'd like to address just in time for all of your customized Christmas projects.
Last names that end in S can give folks a lot of problems when they try to make them plural or posessive... or plural and posessive. I've seen it butchered in so many ways since marrying into a last name that ends in S, so I am here to set the record straight.
Let's start with just a basic last name: Hutchens
If something belongs to one single Hutchens, you can use Hutchens's, "That is Mr. Hutchens's phone," or Hutchens', "That is Mr. Hutchens' phone." It's apparently a debated topic in the grammar world. As a person who likes cut and dry rules, this bothers me. I prefer Hutchens's for clarity, but I guess it's up to you.
|Mrs. Hutchens's apron.|
Now, let's make it plural. More than one Hutchens would be Hutchenses, pronounced "Hutchenziz." "We are the Hutchenses." If you're going to have a sign in your front yard that says, "The [insert family name]," then it should most definitely say, "The Hutchenses." Or you could say that you are hanging out with the Hutchenses. Or, keeping up with the Hutchenses. (Get it? Like keeping up with the Joneses.) It looks a little funny, but I promise it's right.
What if something belongs to many Hutchenses? In that case, it is Hutchenses', which is still pronounced, "Hutchenziz." This is to keep us from ever having to try to say, "Hutchenziziz," cause that's just weird.
|Lilia was the Hutchenses' tutor and friend in Moldova.|
So you would say, "The Hutchenses' red car is over there."
Remember, if you are in doubt on what to say, just go with "The Hutchens family." Works every time. To: The Hutchens Family. That is the Hutchens family's red car. We are the Hutchens Family.
And as a bonus, first names that end in S work the same as last names that end in S. It's debated. I prefer to say, "That's Lucas's watch." However, even among those who agree with me, there are a few exceptions, which are historical names like Jesus', Moses', or Odysseus'.
There! Now you can go and give grammatically correct Christmas gifts!