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There are two men named Bill Bass. I want to write the following two sentences. I want the two sentences below to refer to both of them, as plural, not possessive. Is this correct?

I think this should be the Bill Bass' Memorial Picnic. That way it can be a memorial to both Bill Bass'

  • What do you need the apostrophe in the second instance for? – Kris Mar 31 '15 at 13:53
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No hard and fast rule may be possible to state, but generally, a name ending in s takes -es for the plural and where required, the apostrophe comes thereafter.

cf. "the Joneses"

I think this should be the Bill Basses' Memorial Picnic. That way it can be a memorial to both Bill Basses.

  • The Double Bass Memorial Picnic? – Edwin Ashworth Mar 31 '15 at 19:54
  • @EdwinAshworth The Double Bass is alive and kicking, or rather, playing well, no memorial anytime soon. – Kris Apr 1 '15 at 7:25

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