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Answered 2007-09-21 02:44:52

The use of apostrophes in last names is no different from their use in any other word. If you are referring to a house to belong to a family named "Smith," the sign would read "The Future Home of the Smiths." No apostrophe: it is merely a plural noun. If the phrase were "The Smiths' Home," that apostrophe is correct because you're using the plural possessive: the house belongs to more than one Smith. People who write things like "The Smith's" are incorrect (as was the previous answer to this question). General Point If you indicate possession by using of you musn't also use 's or s'.

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