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Yes or No

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:18 am
by LilliesCarol
I am editing my family history novel and am perplexed as to how I should write the following:

Joseph could tell there was something wrong with the Launs. OR Joseph could tell there was something wrong with the Laun's. The family name is Laun singular, but in the sentence there seems to be no possession so what is the rule? :roll:

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:36 am
by pls

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:54 am
by mammamaia
it's not a matter of a possessive, only a plural... and the plural of 'Laun' would be 'Launs'... just as the plural of 'smith' would be 'smiths'... if the name is 'jones' however, it would be 'joneses'...

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:48 pm
by MookyMcD
My ex wife bought a sign to hang outside our front door that said "The McDonagh's." I asked her which one of us was "The McDonagh" and why it was only her house. I'm the only male in the household, and I assumed she was not paying for a sign to commemorate my sole ownership. :D

On a side note, tbh I'd change "there was something wrong with" to "something was wrong with." I have a thing about unnecessary "to be" formulations (though it could be a personal fetish more than anything).

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:52 pm
by LilliesCarol
Thanks everyone for your help and explanation. Mookey it's probably just a matter of semantics. I guess you like less verbiage. :lol:

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:39 pm
by DrG2

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:06 pm
by mammamaia
hey, mook, i have to ask... did you go through 'ay' to 'double-u' wives, before acquiring the 'ex' one? ;)

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:55 am
by MookyMcD
Dear God no. But I sure can't call her an "A-wife" either. ROFL

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:18 am
by Jowen
Multi-marriages have always confused me. Maybe you can explain it, Mooky. If a guy marries three times, is his second wife called a mid-wife? And why is the mid-wife always delivering other peoples' babies instead of having her own? :?

Re: Yes or No

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:45 am
by LilliesCarol
James, your last reason to prologue is interesting. I have a question. At present, I am using an Introduction in my family history novel. As it is based on true happenings in the life of my grandmother (1900 to 1945) I felt it necessary to give a reason for writing and that SOME names and places have been changed to protect the innocent. Without posting that Introduction/Prologue,is there a difference between that and a Prologue Also it is important to note that names and places have been changed. Is there some other place to put such information? What are the differences?
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