Apostrophes with Names
Question: How do you form the plural of a proper noun that ends in y like Murphy? Should you change the name to Murphies as in I visited the Murphies yesterday?
Answer: No. Never change the spelling of a name to show the plural form.
Example: I visited the Murphys yesterday.
Question: How do you show possession for a name that ends in y?
Answer: To show singular possession, use the apostrophe and then the s.
Example: I petted Mrs. Murphy’s cat.
To show plural possession, always make the noun plural first, then use the apostrophe.
Example: I petted the Murphys’ cat.
Example: I visited the Murphys’ store on Main Street.
Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at 10:01 am