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    Quick question...

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by nacht, Dec 31, 2009.

    Alright, I'm talking to someone in IM, and I notice something...

    "I'm going to my bro Cody's aunt/uncles' house"

    The apostrophe after "uncle", which follows an "s". Is that correct? Since I am talking about two people? Or would it be "aunt's and uncle's house"?
     
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    I would be tempted to write, "aunt and uncle's house," with the apostrophe only on the word uncle since aunt and uncle comprises a noun phrase.

    I am not 100% on this though as the entire construction of the sentence is a bit convoluted.
     
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    I just researched this using a university editorial style guide and the Chicago Manual of Style.

    Wrey, of course :D, is right. Since it's the house of both the aunt and uncle, you use an apostrophe on the second noun:

    "my aunt and uncle's house"

    However, if we're talking about different entities owned by the aunt and uncle, we'd need an apostrophe for each noun:

    "my aunt's and uncle's specific talents"
     
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    They could avoid the whole problem by just saying "relative's house."

    Oh, sweet sweet simplification. I guess that doesn't answer your question very well, though.
     
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    nacht...
    the apostrophe must go before the 's' [unless your aunt has more than one husband! ;-) ]
     
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    uhh... lol thanks for the help. Before the 's' was what I was after, :p

    I know, I know, the slash is bad grammar, but that's how I wrote it (shorthand ftw?) It was in a PM so I didn't really care about that... the subject had bothered me for as long as I can remember. Thanks again ^^
     

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