Which phrase is correct grammar? At a recent funeral of a married couple whu died 2 days apart, the funeral home printed the following phrase on the bulletin.

"2 life's well lived" Or "2 lives well lived"

Which phrase is the correct grammar?

Thank you

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    Both of those are incorrect; the first one is egregious, the second one somewhat incorrect. Both are in very poor taste. – Tatpurusha May 19 '14 at 3:38
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    Two lives well lived is the correct one. Not 2 but Two. Since we don't use numbers in English but their spellings – Invoker May 19 '14 at 3:38
  • Thank you. I don't remember if 2 or two was used, the question was really about the word LIFE'S. – user76576 May 19 '14 at 6:47

Two lives well lived

The first is grammatically incorrect for a few reasons:

  1. The plural form of "life" is "lives"
  2. The apostrophe is an incorrect and unnecessary use of the possessive.
  3. Generally numbers less than 100, especially when written formally, are spelled out.
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    In regard to your third point: this is especially so in reference to the dead. If I were to read a eulogy that said '2 lives well lived', it would come across as an insult through lack of care. – Anonym May 19 '14 at 3:52
  • @Anonym couldn't agree with you more. – njboot May 19 '14 at 3:59

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