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    Yura Reiri is offline Junior Member
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    Default Happy Father's Day or Fathers'?

    Is it Happy Father's Day or Happy Fathers' Day?

    Either way, Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!


    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Happy Father's Day or Fathers'?

    I always write Happy Fathers' Day on the basis that there is more than one father, but I appear to be spitting into the wind.

    This question occurs twice yearly in conjunction with Mothers' Day.

    Some argue that everybody has only one father and mother, but plenty of people in the world have both natural and adoptive parents whom they love equally dearly.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Happy Father's Day or Fathers'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yura Reiri View Post
    Is it Happy Father's Day or Happy Fathers' Day?

    Either way, Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!


    Thank you!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello Yura Reiri:

    (1) You have asked a very interesting question.

    (2) As the teacher has just told us, Fathers' Day is probably

    the "correct" spelling because I believe that it means "the day

    for fathers."

    (3) But people do not always do what is "correct." Sometimes

    people do what -- in their opinion -- looks nicer.

    (4) I have just opened my newspaper -- one of the best newspapers

    in the United States. Let's see what I find:

    (a) An advertisment for Rolex watches says "Isn't it time to remember Dad?"

    (b) A furniture store announces "Father's Day Recliner Sale."

    (c) A mattress advertisement proclaims "Father's Day Sale!"

    (d) A company that takes people out on fishing boats cleverly

    announces "Catch a great Father's Day deal." (It shows a father

    fishing from a boat while his son watches.)

    (e) A clothing store advertises its "Father's Day Sale."

    (5) Well, I think that it is pretty clear:

    Probably most Americans prefer Father's Day.


    Sincerely,


    James


    P.S. We also have a holiday in honor of our 44 presidents.

    I have seen it spelled:

    President's Day

    Presidents' Day

    Presidents Day


    Ain't English fun!!! (It's OK to use "ain't" occasionally when you want to

    be humorous.)

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    Default Re: Happy Father's Day or Fathers'?

    I'm with Rover. As far as I'm concerned, it's the day of/for fathers, therefore the apostrophe would come after the "s".

    I always write "Happy Fathers' Day" on my dad's card.

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    Default Re: Happy Father's Day or Fathers'?

    emsr2d2 wrote here:
    Happy Mother's Day
    Happy Father's Day

    I'm wondering if either "Happy Fathers' Day" or "Happy Father's Day" is fine.






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