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    use of apostrophe

    Would I use an apostrophe in trusts in the following sentence to denote plural?

    The property would be sold to the Hills and Davies Trusts.

    Thank you,

    Craig


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    Re: use of apostrophe

    Hi,
    I think you needn't it since there's -s at the end.

    Rgs


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    Re: use of apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by gramalearner View Post
    Would I use an apostrophe in trusts in the following sentence to denote plural?

    The property would be sold to the Hills and Davies Trusts.

    Thank you,

    Craig
    Apostrophes do not indicate plurals - they indicate possession. If there are two separate legal Trusts, then as you have it is fine. If on the other hand the Trust concerned is the Hills and Davies Trust, there should not be an "s".


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    Re: use of apostrophe

    So how should it all look like?

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    Use of apostrophe.

    You wrote, "The property would be sold to the Hills and Davies Trusts."

    There are so many ambiguities that have to be clarified before we can assist you.

    Are the two trusts separate entities, such as the Hills Trust and the Davies Trust? Are they a single entity, the Hills and Davies Trust? (Note, no 's'.)

    This is a very important difference in accuarately answering your inquiry.

    If the name of the trust are the Hills and Davies Trusts, then there may not be a need for apostrophes. However, if the trust belong to the Hill family and the Davies family, then they should look like this: the Hills' and Davies' Trusts.

    If Hill and Davies are the names of a single person (as opposed to an entire family), then it should look like this: the Hill and Davies trusts. (Notice that 'trusts' in not capitalized.)

    No matter how I looked at this sentence, I could not identify any need for an apostrophe in the word 'trusts'.

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