Yes, I’m a schoolteacher

Can we just get something straight? As a general rule of thumb, apostrophes show possession. A plain “s” shows plurality.

So, you can invite the Connors (more than one person with the last name of Connor) over for dinner and you can go to the Connor’s (because you are going to their house, the possession is implied) for dinner. You do not invite the Connor’s for dinner.

Thank you. Lesson over.

6 thoughts on “Yes, I’m a schoolteacher

  1. See, and I thought you would be going to the Connors’ house, because there is more than one Connor, and it’s their house. Hmmm … I’m going to have to ponder this one.

    My pet peeve is their, there, they’re, and it’s and its. I have grammar issues, too … It’s nice to know I’m not the only crazy … um, thoughtful-about-how-her-sentences-are-arranged one. You know, kind of like that. 🙂

  2. Brea–Good point! I guess either would be correct depending on if you mean what you said (more than one Connor & it’s their house), or if you mean “house of the Connor family”. Basically, I hate it when people tack on an apostrophe to surnames as a matter of course.

  3. I’m laughing because we all have our “things” that get to us.

    I once accused my children of cursing because they were using very poor grammar (subject and verb not agreeing). I said that they knew better and if they knew better and did it then it was sin and it was just like cursing!

    Obviously, that is my pet peeve.

    I am very conscious of spelling because I am a horrible spelling. I didn’t want to leave comments anywhere because I was afraid I would misspell something. (my daughter is very quick to point them out for me 😉 )

  4. Aw you found my weakness, I hate apostrophes when needed for surnames!

    I was thinking the same thing as Brea, actually! lol

    It doesn’t help that the grammar/spell checker on MS Word wants to put apostrophes in EVERY plural use of a surname. Argh!

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