This post is about apostrophes. What do you do when more than one person shares ownership in something?
Donna’s pets are Shetland Sheepdogs. Donna is the sole owner, so you just add ‘s to her name.
But Donna has a husband, Frank. The dogs belong to both of them. Donna and Frank’s pets are Shetland Sheepdogs. What happened to Donna’s apostrophe? Here’s the deal: When two or more people share ownership, only the person closest to the item owned gets an apostrophe.
Which of the following two examples is wrong?
Ryan and Thad’s wives
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
If you think Ryan and Thad share wives, then neither example is incorrect. But chances are Ryan and Thad each has his own wife, so Ryan needs an apostrophe too.