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New Year's or New Years: How To Start 2020 Like A Grammar Pro

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Let's squeeze in one more quick grammar lesson before the end of the year, shall we? In today's post, I want to talk about writing New Year's or New Years. Which is it, and why?

The short answer is that you always write it as New Year's (with the apostrophe).

Using an apostrophe 's' shows possession, which is important when you're talking about New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, a New Year's resolution, a New Year's greeting, etc. In all instances, you're referring to something that belongs to the holiday.

Here are a few examples:

* We love New Year's Eve parties.

* Make your New Year's resolutions.

* I play with the kids on New Year's Day.

So ... "When do I write it as New Years?"

The short answer: NEVER.

You never want to write it as New Years when referring to December 31 or January 1 because now you've made Years plural by not adding the apostrophe 's.'

One last note:

Capitalize New Year in a sentence when referring to the holiday, which is a proper noun. If you're writing about a general timeframe, lowercase new year.

Here are a few examples:

* Let's meet for lunch in the new year.

* Happy New Year, everyone!

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