Date: Sat, 23 Sep 1995 00:06:35 -0400
From: Virginia Clark vpclark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOOSE.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: Plural Proper Nouns
But there are usually (often?) exceptions, which we tend to forget.
At 03:11 PM 9/21/95 MST, you wrote:
Fritz Juengling writes:
When I was in grade school, we learned the rule,
"drop the y , add ies . For years, when I was studying
German, there were two "Germanies." Then about 5 years ago,
when the Germanies were reuniting, I saw nothing in the papers
except 'Germanys.' This violated everything I had ever
learned, both in English and German classes.
Did that ies rule apply to proper nouns?
In a room full of people named either Wendy or Terry, do we have . . .
six Wendies and seven Terries
or, six Wendy's and seven Terry's
or, six Wendys and seven Terrys?
utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]admn.712.nebo.edu
Most handbooks used in first year English classes (e.g., the
_Harbrace College Handbook_) tuck away somewhere the information that the
plural of proper names (I think they mean nouns) ending in _y_ are formed by
adding just _s_. The old edition (the tenth) that I have gives as examples
"the Dudleys and the Berrys." Students don't notice this, and I keep
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