Which phrase is correct?

This is the Brown family


This is the Browns family

(where Brown is a surname)

Or both variants are correct when we are talking about the whole family? This question has arosen because in some student's books I saw one variant, in other ones - another variant.

Thank you in advance for your answers and explanations.

1 Answer 1


The correct form is "This is the Brown family" or "This is the Ivanov family." When you're using a name like that, you don't pluralize it; the name is of the whole family.

But you say "These are the Browns" or "These are the Ivanovs" if you're not using the word "family", because now you are talking about more than one "Brown" or more than one "Ivanov".

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