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

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In the Dickensian era, was a capital letter preserved through apostrophe contractions?

Assume that a certain word is capitalised, for example "Microsoft." Say (for whatever reason, perhaps slang) you were going to shorten that certain word, using an apostrophe. Today, I'd say we would ...
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Usage of apostrophe in this sentence [closed]

As per this statement, Does the usage of apostrophe looks correct? Thanks to "abc news" for this broadcast of memorable gathering of late CEO with his employees.
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Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (backtick)

A recent discussion came up in GameDev that suggests that when you are using apostrope for abbreviations, that the correct apostrophe to use when typing is the backtick. On US Keyboards below the ...
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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Should an apostrophe be used with a z at the end of a word?

I know that if a word ends with an s then it should be made plural or possessive by use of an apostrophe with no extra s (e.g. "Thomas Harris' book was a riveting read." as opposed to "Gary Barlow's ...
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What is the possessive of “you guys”?

Most people seem to stumble over this. The problem can arise with any multi-word phrase that needs a possessive but ends in S, and so sounds awkward using the clitic apostrophe-S. I've heard this ...
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How should I pluralize MSDS?

Should MSDS be pluralized with an s? My initial reaction is to say No, because MSDS indicates it could be plural or singular — it stands for “Material Safety Data Sheets”.
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Apostrophe with Singular Proper Noun made up on Plural Word [duplicate]

I'm normally pretty confident with my punctuation, but this one has been stumping me, and it's probably because I don't know the proper phrasing for what I'm trying to ask: How to we add a possessive ...
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Double apostrophe-s?

I want to say parking of McDonald's, i.e. using an apostrophe S. Would I say McDonald's's parking?
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Is “Dave's 40” correct? [closed]

It's Dave's 40th Birthday on Saturday and there have been emails and texts sent with the headline - "Dave's 40". Not sure if this is correct, can anyone help? Thanks. Pete
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Which (if any) pedantically, grammatically, correct uses of the apostrophe will lead to a valid “NOUNs’s” construction?

The “<NOUN>s’s” construction comes up quite often in signs, at least in my neighbourhood. I haven’t seen a legal use of the arrangement, though — and I wonder, is it at all possible? If it ...
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Which is right for the possessive: “companys” or “company’s”? [duplicate]

How should one form the word company when something belongs to a company? Is the correct form companys, or should it be company’s instead?
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Is “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” correct English?

Shakespeare’s play is called A Midsummer Night’s Dream. So is A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream correct English? If not, what would be the correct English?
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Apostrophe usage in “your order's been dispatched”

Your order's been dispatched. Is this contraction (not to indicate plural, but as a contraction of "order has") correct? Or would it be better to just simply write: Your order has been ...
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What is the correct way to say Women's Wear?

In UK English what is the correct term for 'Women's Wear'? For example, what should the department where all the women's clothes are be called? Earlier I was 100% sure it would be "Women's Wear" but ...
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To drop or not to drop the s after the apostrophe (when the main word ends in s and the word has is being contracted)

If I want to abbreviate the sentence "Please fetch me the book; I think Jean has got it.", I can write "Jean's got it." But what if it's Carlos who has it? Assuming you prefer the style of ...
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Is it OK to have an apostrophe at the end of a sentence?

Earlier I wrote a sentence that happened to end with a plural possessive. Is this OK to have? For example, "I got the guys' costumes, but not the girls'." looks odd to me. It would be easy to reword ...
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Apostrophe position for plural possessive [closed]

Which of these two are correct? Ada and Julia are girl's names. or Ada and Julia are girls' names.
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“Your company name” or “Your company's name”?

Which way is correct here? Some explanation would be appreciated.
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Apostrophes and s’s [duplicate]

I always forget the rule about if something is possessive put 's at the end, for example "the sailor's hat". I know some people say to remember because it has a different meaning if it's plural (e.g. ...
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One or two apostrophes for two subjects in the possessive case? [duplicate]

Which is correct: [Bonus question: should there be a question mark here instead of a colon?] The book contains Marx and Engels' theories about the nature of society and politics. or The ...
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Unsure which possessive form to use [closed]

If I say The first *groups presentation was on insects. is it group's or groups'?
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When talking about decades, is it correct to write “90's” with an apostrophe? [duplicate]

When referring to decades such as the nineties, is it correct to write 90's with an apostrophe?
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“'n'” as an abbreviation for “and” as in “rock 'n' roll”

I wonder if there are other cases where and is abbreviated in writing as in rock 'n' roll.
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Can you apply an apostrophe to any word?

If I were to say The skill is could I say it as The skill's? Or would this not work? Also, if it does work, could I apply to it to any word?
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Plurals of acronyms, letters, numbers — use an apostrophe or not?

When I was in high school back in the 1970s, I was taught that to make a plural of an acronym, a letter, or a number, one should add an apostrophe and "s". Like I would have written this sentence, ...
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Minutes' work or minutes of work

If, for example, a teacher was asking their students to continue working for 30 minutes, would it be grammatically correct for them to say "do thirty minutes' work" or would they have to say "do ...
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A noun adjunct / the possessive case

Sometimes it’s possible to use either a noun adjunct or the possessive case. the shop door the shop’s door However, in certain phrases it’s not OK to do so. the ship’s crew (the ship crew ...
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Using apostrophes correctly

I've read a great article about the usage of apostrophes. But there are still some points that are unclear. Why do we say... school project but not school's project? car service but not car's ...
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Does the Oakland Athletics logo misuse the apostrophe?

For years I have thought the Oakland Athletics baseball team has misused the apostrophe. I've always thought the "A" is an abbreviation for "Athletic" and the "s" makes "Athletic" plural. Is my ...
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Italics used for the plural treatment of words? [duplicate]

Do these look right to you? I'm pluralizing the following words. In doing so, I'm italicizing the word to be pluralized but not the 's': ands (instead of and's) wherefores (instead of wherefore's) ...
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Should “each” be followed by a singular or plural possessive?

If a possessive noun, which is plural, is preceded by "each", then should it use the singular or plural possessive form? For example, which of the following is correct? spend time in each other's ...
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Apostrophe or not [closed]

We are finishing our mission statement and our staff is split on if we use an apostrophe or not. Wild Quail is committed to providing our members and their guests' (guests) with exceptional customer ...
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Mars's or Mars'? [duplicate]

I'm a pretty fluent English speaker, but this has been bothering me for a long time... It all started when I saw people, for example, saying Mars' atmosphere, according to my knowledge, the only time ...
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How is possession indicated with an apostrophe for a name ending ss? [duplicate]

Hi assuming you have a name like Cross, Tess or Ross. What is the correct way of writing including the apostrophe assuming the owner is a singular entity? Eg. Ross's apples Ross'es apples
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How should apostrophes be used with parenthetical plurals?

The following two sentences make sense; the first is where there's one system with one or more associated databases, the second is where there's multiple systems with one or more databases: Backup ...
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Compound possession [duplicate]

In the following sentence: Lewis and Clark's expectations were very much the same. Would you agree that it should be: Lewis's and Clark's expectations were very much the same. Because even ...
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Is it correct to use “how's” as short for “how does”?

I've often seen "how's" used as short for how is - such as "How's your wife feeling?" or "How's the weather where you are?" I'm pretty sure the above is grammatically correct. However, it's also ...
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What does “day's” mean?

I understand what the sentence The house is a full day’s journey from here means, but I’m wondering what day’s is short for in this expression. It doesn’t match any pattern I know. A couple of ...
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Is “'em” short for 'him', 'them' or both?

I know that the apostrophe can be used to denote the omission of letters in a word, so I'm wondering then if 'em can be used to denote the colloquial shorthand for him, or if it would be more proper ...
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Apostrophe difference (Ones' and Two's Complement)

Why does the place of the apostrophes differ in the following two titles? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two's_complement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ones'_complement Which one is the correct?
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“Sally & Rhod's Wedding” - where should the apostrophe go?

"Sally & Rhod's Wedding" - where should the apostrophe go?
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Using an apostrophe; Centres or Centre's?

My sentence says Coventry city centre's main transport links. but there is a red line under "centre's" in MS word. Is it "centres" or "centre's"? I thought that you use an apostrophe for ...
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When should the word “master's” or “ bachelor's” be capitalized with apostrophe s? [duplicate]

When I'm specifically not mentioning if its MS or MEngg degree. What is the correct way to say - pursuing master's/masters/Masters/Master's in Electrical Engineering and during my ...
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A Friend of Suzie's What? [duplicate]

One often hears this kind of construct: "Henry is a friend of Suzie's". I say that is grammatically incorrect. Yes or no?
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How to abbreviate “and” when used in a name [duplicate]

How to abbreviate "and" in titles such as "Lavender 'n Fields"?
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Why is butcher paper spelt without an apostrophe?

Why is butcher paper spelt without an apostrophe, rather than as "butcher's paper", when "carpenter's square" is spelt with an apostrophe?
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Using apostrophe when abbreviating “recommendations” as “reco's”

When abbreviating the word "recommendations" as "reco's", is it proper to use the apostrophe to show that it's an abbreviation, or does it conflict with a possessive apostrophe?