Questions relating to the use of the apostrophe (’).

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What's the correct form?

Which is a correct answer? I'll be there in a ... time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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The United States. Possesive is its or their?

The United States made no secret of its/their hope to absorb the provinces... http://grammarist.com/usage/united-states/ "Although United States is usually treated as a singular noun, it’s treated ...
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Where should I put the apostrophe for the word positions? [migrated]

I feel that my skill set and personality fit the positions responsibilities and requirements perfectly. is it: position's positions or positions' ?? My best guess is position's because of ...
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Proper grammar for “Coaches Only Apparel”? [closed]

What is the proper phrasing for this e-commerce shopping category? Coaches Only Apparel Coaches' Only Apparel Coaches's Only Apparel Coach's Only Apparel
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Possessive apostrophe for words ending in “s” [duplicate]

"This car belongs to Tom" is also written as "This is Tom's car". How do I write "This car belongs to Yves"? Is it Yves', or Yves's?
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Apostrophes in plurals

I have always thought plurals in English is always word + s (except for irregular plurals). In my language we use apostrophes when a word ends in a vowel. I have been correcting my friends who write ...
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When to use opening or closing single quotes

I've been discussing with a colleague which apostrophe/single quote to actually use in what situations. We've agreed to use the closing single quote ( ’ ) for possession. e.g. That’s his ...
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“The woman's card” vs “the woman card”

In this recently uploaded video by CNN channel, it shows that it is not clear as to whether we should use the possessive apostrophe or not, though Sue Mendelsohn, Director of the Columbia Unv. Writing ...
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Plural of The Letter S

In a previous question here What is the proper way to write the plural of a single letter? (another apostrophe question) someone asked what the plural of a letter is. The answer given was for ...
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Which one is correct? earth treasures , or earth's treasures

I want to know which one is correct? We illuminate earth treasures. or we illuminate earth's treasures.
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Movie Title, Director, and the Use of an Apostrophe

Which sentence is correct: "Menace II Society co-director Allen Hughes liked the location." "Menace II Society's co-director Allen Hughes liked the location."
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Should you use apostrophe s for “No man's land” if it really belongs to no man?

When talking about "No man's land" if the land belongs to no man, then should you use an apostrophe s?
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Should I use a plural “ 's ”? [duplicate]

If I'm writing something like "I know my ABC's" is it appropriate to use the apostrophe, or should I write "...ABCs"?
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Capitalising Contractions [duplicate]

I couldn't really find anything on this, but it has been bugging me for a while. Say for example, you have the following dialogue: 'I'll let Mr. Hall know.' If you want to emulate "dropping the ...
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How do we form the possessive of a noun that is possessive in form? [duplicate]

Bloomingdale's has a summer collection. Whose is it? Bloomingdale's's?
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Apostrophe for plurals with mathematical notation [duplicate]

I am a mathematics student. I sometimes see professors write something like the following (both in class as well as in formal publications). Let a1, a2, ..., an be natural numbers. Assume that all ...
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Who is the “owners wife's account”?

Can someone comment on what this is technically saying? ....“send the transfer directly to the owners wife's account.” Is the wife the owner in this sentence or is the owner an owner who ...
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Correct place of apostrophe: friend's or friends' [duplicate]

A quick Google search (actually I use Duckduckgo but "a quick Duck or DDG search" would sound weird...) showed that "friend's" was a bit more common, whereas a Google user manual or tutorial used ...
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How to Correctly Imply Possession for the Surname “Camus”

My surname is Camus. Spoken by the French it is correctly pronounced "Camu" (loosing the "s"), but spoken by the English it is all too often pronounced "Camus" using the "s". This leads to a slight ...
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Is there any rule when replacing apostrophe intead of some letters? [closed]

In some English songs I found words like: nothin' 'em gon' 'bout Are there any rules to make words like these? Are the words formal? Are there other examples?
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When can I omit a word while using a certain construction with apostrophe?

Is it grammatically acceptable to omit the term "house" in the following sentences: "I had to go to my sister's to get my laptop because I had fogotten it there, that's why I took so long to come ...
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Apostrophe uses for time

I am confused about the use of apostrophes indicating time. The sentence "It will arrive in one week's time" is correct and the sentence "Here is my two cents' worth" is correct. I don't understand ...
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Genitive without apostrophe or s?

I have to translate the title of my college work and I can't decide whether it is correct to say "Colleagues rating system" or "Colleagues' rating system", because I have often seen examples where ...
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What's the the proper usage of apostrophes for possession when two might be used? See example

I've looked other places online to try and find the answer to this question and was unable to confirm if I should use an apostrophe for both words or not. It seems awkward to do so but grammar rules ...
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Using commas with apostrophes for three or more plural possessive nouns

Is it teachers', students', and administrators' experiences or teachers,' students,' and administrators' experiences ? I think it is the first example with apostrophe, then comma?
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To address denominations of cash [duplicate]

"Please bring lots of $1.00s and $5.00s" or "Please bring lots of $1.00's and 5.00's"?
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What is the plural of the name Jess? [duplicate]

I understand it's grammatically correct to use apostrophe s for the plural of letters. Dot your i's and cross your t's. But not for proper nouns that end with s. Here come the Jones's ...
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The use of “that of” and an apostrophe

Here is my sentence: "Julia's experience is similar to that of Robert's." Would it be correct to put an apostrophe ('s) after Robert?
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Crisp 'n Dry naming [duplicate]

Is the 'n in Crisp 'n Dry vegetable oil a messed up contraction of "and" ? Or is it supposed to indicate on or in or some such? See http://www.crispndry.co.uk/
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apostrophes : girls' and boys' team

Quoting businesswritingblog.com: The girls' and boys' teams are both in the playoffs. (Both girls and boys have their own team--both have their own apostrophe.) The girls and boys' team ...
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Correct usage of the possessive in the name “Christiaan Huygens”

I'm writing a lab for a simple diffraction experiment, and I am stuck on this grammatical point: Is it more appropriate to say "Huygens' Principle" or "Huygens's Principle"*? A cursory glance at ...
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When using apostrophes to show possession, does the object being possessed being singular or plural have any effect?

Not sure if I used affect/effect correctly, but anyway... So, here's my question if the title didn't explain it well enough: say you have the following phrase: "in the men's bathroom". The plural of ...
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Is possessive's apostrophe dispensable in any case?

For instance, in the following sentence: Is it possible to reset columns' width to default in the message pane? Can I forget the apostrophe, using "columns width"? I don't see the ...
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The light's path or light's path? Can I use articles with apostrophes?

I've been told that "The Dirac's equation" is not grammatically acceptable. The correct should be "Dirac's equation" or "The Dirac equation". I'm wondering if this has something to do with Dirac ...
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Is it The Johnsons or The Johnson's [duplicate]

When you are saying The Johnson Family is is The Johnsons or The Johnson's?
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Describe Words that Begin/End with an Apostrophe

How do you describe words that begin/end with an apostrophe? For example: Beginning with ': 'bout, 'em, 'cause Ending with ': ol', runnin', jumpin'
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He is in the same school as John or John's?

This is probably easy, but I'm confused right now and I was too clumsy to find an answer through Google. Which sentence is correct? He is in the same school as John He is in the same school as ...
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Apostrophe 's' at the end of an adjective?

Hypothetically, I want to buy several things and they're all broken except for one of them which is too expensive. Are any of the following sentences that describe this scenario, grammatically sound? ...
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Why does my spell-checker correct the word “Lecture's”?

I was trying to write “I was using the lecture's flow of logic”, as to say that I was following the logic that was in the lecture. But I am corrected by a spell-checker. I tried to google it, but ...
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How should you punctuate the construction of “She read until she reached the word x.”?

What is the correct way to highlight a specific word in the following way? She read until she came to the word packet. I feel like it's either one of the following ways, but I'm unsure. She read ...
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Dual apostrophes?

Would it be right to write "Brazilian´s army´s ammo supply is low."? Two consecutive apostrophes looks weird. Thank you!
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“Its” or “It's” user interface is primitive [closed]

When referring to a system. Which of the following is correct? It's user interface is primitive or Its user interface is primitive The reason I'm confused is because I was taught that in ...
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Else's or Elses' or Elses [closed]

In the statement: In life, try to often make yourself a minor character in someone elses novel. where - if anywhere - does the apostrophe go?
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Distinguishing Apostrophes from Quotation Marks

Say I have a quote within a quote, and inside of the inner quote there is a sentence with a plural possessive, so that there is an apostrophe after the "s." How do I distinguish between the apostrophe ...
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The use of apostrophes when there is no clear owner [closed]

Is this sentence correct and if so/not, why? The cyclist's average speed is less than that of a car's.
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Alzheimer disease or Alzheimer's disease?

What is the proper spelling: Alzheimer or Alzheimer's Disease?
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Usage of apostrophe

When we refer something about both of our parents it would be something like This is my parents' home town. When we say something about opinions, which is right? This is the peoples' opinion OR ...
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Does one ever use apostrophes when writing plurals? [duplicate]

I am writing an essay on blood types and the Japanese culture, and I am not quite sure if my use of apostrophes is correct. I've read through this article, Apostrophes, but I can't seem to find this ...
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Is it CEOs or CEO's when referring to more than one CEO [duplicate]

For Context, this page refers to it as CEO's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbeAyhfkF0Q
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Using “apostrophes” to show ownership of records in page? [duplicate]

I had a debate with my co-worker about using apostrophes to show ownership of records which belongs to a page. He told me not to use an apostrophe. This is the text in question : The Pagination in ...