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What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
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I was just writing an email asking a supervisor about downloading multiple Dynamic-link library files. The acronym for these is dll, and the full spelling, Dynamic-link library, is never used. How would this be pluralized, because normally I would just add an s, but dlls is difficult to understand. Sometimes I add an apostrophe to make it dll's, but I know this isn't grammatically correct. So my question is, how do I make the acronym dll (and acronyms in general) plural?

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"DLLs" is fine. Just capitalize the acronym (it's actually an initialism which makes capitalization even more appropriate/necessary) but leave the plural letters lowercase.

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+1 Concise and true :) – Daniel Jun 24 '11 at 20:03

When I reffer to .dll files (or any file extension), I usually add "files" after to avoid confusion as to what a .dll is.

And I add a period before because .dll is a file type.

Just my own convention that works for me.

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