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Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

(OP)
Just heard someone in the office sayings Father Christmases. Then I thought, is that correct or should it be Fathers Christmas as in brothers in law? Neither sounded right. I have also heard Santa Clauses but that doesn't sound right either. I normally use Santas as a cop out.
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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

If the two words form a proper noun that refers to a unique person or entity (usually indicated by the capitalization of all words), the plural modification goes at the very end. Father Christmases. David Joneses. The key is to never modify someone's name or title, or a company name. Home Depots. Of course, this would not be the case with Father Christmas since there is only one such entity and there should never be a reason to need the plural form. (Correct me if I'm wrong).

If the two word form a common noun, the plural goes with the noun, not the modifiers. Brothers-in-law. Act like the hyphens aren't there.

Best to you,

Goober Dave

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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

I left out the non-hyphenated case, obviously, make the noun plural:

Sergeants Major
Sisters of Charity
Emo girls
Mothers Against Drunk Driving

All of the above have application in the singular as well.

Best to you,

Goober Dave

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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

I would go with Fathers Christmas but Santa Clauses.

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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Most respectably disagree with ya, Cajun. The Cambridge Learners' Dictionary says Father Christmases. But the Cross-lingual society's reference says that there is no plural.

I couldn't find any more legitimate references, but there are plenty for the plural of proper nouns in general.

Translate Father Christmas to its Western term: Santa Claus. Plural is Santa Clauses, which can be found in many references.

Best to you,

Goober Dave

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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Well, Father Christmas being the slightly debauched, most certainly drunk, fat, old English bloke he probably doesn't care too much, too busy lookng for his next mince pie and pint of Christmas cheer.

Santa Claus, being a European and (basically) a saint, he might want you to be more formal and correct in his terms of address.

RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

(OP)
If we have a family of people called St Clair (or Sinclair as it is sometimes spelt), then several of them would be called St Clairs (or Sinclairs).

Similarly, if it was St Nicholas, it would be St Nicholases, which, I suppose translates to Santa Clauses.

RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

==> Most respectably disagree with ya, Cajun.
I have no problem with that.

Good Luck
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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Cajun,

Thanks also for not pointing out that I typed respectably instead of respectully. I cringed at that since this is the grammar forum.

I figure if I'm extra nice, you might post us some gumbo recipes. I miss the Cajun cuisine.

Best to you,

Goober Dave

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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

I simply did a copy and paste; I didn't even notice the misspelling until you pointed it out. As far as a gumbo recipe, first you start with a roux. After that, it's anything goes.

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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Fathers' Christmas... Well, it is a form of it...

Mike McCann
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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Father Christmas' is a possessive form of the noun. So isn't it considered plural if you just add an s at the end in this case or can you.

RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Looks like you have to use an apostrophe s and it solves all the problems. Father Christmas's address.

RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

Correct usage is as follows:

There is no Father Christmas.

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RE: Something seasonal: what is the plural of Father Christmas

"Father Christmas"

Father: vt
Christmas: n (proper)

or maybe

Father: adj
Christmas: n (proper)

It's not really that clear to start with, so trying to extend it into some plural form isn't going to be easy.

- Steve

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