Double Possessive Revisited

The other day, I received this message from a visitor to Writing Tips:

Which is correct? To be used as a caption under a picture.

  • The Wright and Hilyer family vacation
  • The Wright and Hilyer families vacation
  • The Wright’s and Hilyer’s family vacation
  • The Wright’s and Hilyer’s families vacation

Here’s my reply

Hi, Susan. Thank you for your question. What to write under the photo depends on the situation.

  • If two families, the Wrights and the Hilyers, are vacationing together, I would write “The Wright and Hilyer families’ vacation.”
  • If John Wright and Susie Hilyer are married, and she has kept her maiden name, I would write “The Wright and Hilyer family’s vacation.”
  • If Wright and Hilyer is the name of a company that offers vacation packages, I would write “The Wright & Hilyer Family Vacation.”

Best, Tara

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