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Last name plurals in Spanish

I haven't encountered it anywhere else yet, so I have to ask. Is it the custom in Spanish to render a family name in plural the same as in singular form? Since a cartoon family of people named Simpson is The Simpsons in English and Los Simpson in the Spanish article I'm translating, that seems to be the case. Likewise the Kennedys would be Los Kennedy, the Smiths would be Los Smith. Is that correct?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/alejandromx95

Yes is "los" because is plural. (you are speaking about family members)

3 years ago

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Exactly. The name itself doesn't become plural, but the article proceeding it does.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/woodsyrnnr

What articles does this rule apply to? Just family names or other proper nouns?

3 years ago

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By article, I was referring to "los" ("the" plural). I have only seen this (plural "the" with singular noun) with names.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Patitah

You are correct

3 years ago