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The Smiths or The Smith's?

When referring to a family as the LastNames or LastName's which do you use? I have seen both but which one is grammatically correct?
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    Posted by zippityb
    I'd agree with this option. 
  • It's 'The Smiths' but generally that's not used on invitations.  I did have one invitation where I wrote 'The Smith Family' on the outside and listed them all individually on the inner envelope because there were so many of them. 
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  • I tried to quote this, and it showed up in an entirely different post.

    OP - did you graduate from HS? This is not rocket science, I'm sorry...this is 5th grade stuff.
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  • Holy mother of god.

    Apostrophes don't make plurals.  They do not.
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    I tried to quote this, and it showed up in an entirely different post. OP - did you graduate from HS? This is not rocket science, I'm sorry...this is 5th grade stuff.
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  • Just to clear up a few things...

    1. This has nothing to do with invitations it is just a general question

    2. Yes pumpkinpumpkin I have graduated 5th grade.. and then some...

    I was knew that "The Smiths" was correct, however I have several friends who are 25-30 with family blogs that refer to their families as the "Smith's". I have mentioned this to a few of them and they refuse to think that I am right on this.
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  • The Smith's would never be right.  Even if you were going for the possessive it would still be The Smiths'. 

    Unless maybe you were talking about a blacksmith and you're like, his BFF so you call him The Smith.

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  • Mr. Smith's cat ran away.

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  • edited November 2010
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    Just to clear up a few things... 1. This has nothing to do with invitations it is just a general question 2. Yes pumpkinpumpkin  I have graduated 5th grade.. and then some... I was knew that "The Smiths" was correct, however I have several friends who are 25-30 with family blogs that refer to their families as the "Smith's". I have mentioned this to a few of them and they refuse to think that I am right on this.
    Posted by mandi921vh
    You need less dumb friends.

    The worst is when you see "The Smith's" on a mailbox. Unless they mean "The Smiths' house," but that would require a plural possessive, signified by the apostrophe going on the outside of the S. I mean, I guess it would be "the Smith's house" if it was a blacksmith and he lived alone.
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  • You do know that there are no minimum IQ requirements for starting a family blog, right?

    Your friends are wrong.
  • In Response to Re: The Smiths or The Smith's?:
    Just to clear up a few things... 1. This has nothing to do with invitations it is just a general question 2. Yes pumpkinpumpkin  I have graduated 5th grade.. and then some... I was knew that "The Smiths" was correct, however I have several friends who are 25-30 with family blogs that refer to their families as the "Smith's". I have mentioned this to a few of them and they refuse to think that I am right on this.
    Posted by mandi921vh
    I didn't ask if you'd graduated 5th grade. I asked if you graduated from HS, because this was 5th grade material.

    Your friends are idiots. Sorry to say, but they are.
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  • Want to hear the best Smith's/Smiths story ever?  When we got married my aunt and uncle gave us a door knocker for our house that said "The Smith's est 2002"

    A) The grammar is quite obviously incorrect
    B) I kept my last name (and was quite vocal about it)
    C) I'm an English teacher Cry
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    Want to hear the best Smith's/Smiths story ever?  When we got married my aunt and uncle gave us a door knocker for our house that said "The Smith's est 2002" A) The grammar is quite obviously incorrect B) I kept my last name (and was quite vocal about it) C) I'm an English teacher
    Posted by DramaGeek
    Thats' awesome.   Tongue out

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