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Although I think the [Smith’s] are nice people, I’m pleased we’re going to the Jones’ for the weekend.

 

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Although I think the [Smiths] are nice people, I’m pleased we’re going to the Jones’ for the weekend.

 

Unnecessary apostrophe used with a plural form:

Use an apostrophe to show possession, not to make a noun or a proper noun (a name) plural.

 

Note:  Because the Jones’ is short for the Jones’ house, it is a possessive form and so it takes an apostrophe.

 

For example, you might wrap two gifts for the Jones (or for the Joneses).  You might visit the Smiths at the Smith’s house.  And you might visit the Jones (or the Joneses) at the Jones’ (or the Joneses’).

 

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