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    My last name is Calandra and live with my parents. I am making new return address lables. Should the first line be The Calandra's or The Calandras?

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    The Calandra's

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjdana View Post
    My last name is Calandra and live with my parents. I am making new return address lables. Should the first line be The Calandra's or The Calandras?
    That depends on your intent.

    The Calandra's = Calandra's house
    The Calandras = several people named Calandra.

    I would probably go with the second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjdana View Post
    My last name is Calandra and live with my parents. I am making new return address lables. Should the first line be The Calandra's or The Calandras?
    I think The Calandras is correct. You mean people having their last name Calandra, don't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I think The Calandras is correct. You mean people having their last name Calandra, don't you?
    One could say:

    Let's go over to the Calandra's. (implies house)
    Lets' go visit the Calandras. (implies people)

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    If the word (the family name) is being used as a plural (which it seems to be in this case) then please don't use an apostrophe. Say "The Calandras" on labels, signs or whatever. Otherwise you will annoy sticklers like me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    If the word (the family name) is being used as a plural (which it seems to be in this case) then please don't use an apostrophe. Say "The Calandras" on labels, signs or whatever. Otherwise you will annoy sticklers like me.


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    Try this little test;

    Test yourself - which is right? | the Daily Mail

    I got 8/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Try this little test;

    Test yourself - which is right? | the Daily Mail

    I got 8/10
    I got 10/10. Which two did you miss?

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    Re:
    A. The 70's was a great decade for music.
    B. The 70s' was a great decade for music.
    C. The 70s was a great decade for music.
    Doing it without the apostrophe is fairly new, and I can't fault anybody (me, for example) for using the first one (A).

    (I was spot on with the rest.)

    ~R

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