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

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Apostrophe use in singular (and parenthesized plural) possessive noun(s)

How would one combine the sigular and plural possessive forms of contractor into one form? Like for example contractor’(s’). A friend of mine is busy editing a fairly technical document and arrived ...
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using an apostrophe [duplicate]

Should I use an apostrophe in the sentence "It is an insult to those of our, and our parents generation". (parents, parent's or parents'?) Thank you for your assistance.
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Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X” Consider describing the wedding of X and Y. If I want to avoid the overly-formal and ...
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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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St. John's greatest dinner: how to indicate a possessive of a noun which already ends apostrophe - s [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If the cricket ground Lord's is a possessive, what if you want to describe something belonging to Lord's? Here's a tricky one that I can't quite figure out the ...
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Where did the practice of using apostrophes for possessive nouns but not pronouns originate?

Where did the practice of using apostrophes for possessive nouns but not pronouns originate? For example, possessive nouns (both proper and common) are written with a apostrophe before the final s: ...
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Possession in Business Name With Apostrophe [duplicate]

In the following sentence, how would I indicate possession if the word "business'" were replaced by the name of the business: like "Fry's" or "Wendy's"? Some business' employees are happy. It ...
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Should it be “find your company's zen”? [closed]

Should it be "find your company's zen" or "find your companys' zen"? Or perhaps another? I am convinced it should be "find your company's zen" as it suggests ownership of said zen, but I want to be ...
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Use of the apostrophe when possession is not the issue

What would be the best way to write "Beginners group" or "Childrens group" in "I'd like to teach the Beginners Group"? Both feel as if they need an apostrophe before the final 's', but this is not ...
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Use of apostrophe in a mixed singular-plural context [duplicate]

This isn't my homework. This came up during a friendly debate last night with my mom. What would be the correct use of the apostrophe and/or plural in the sentence One of my friend(s) house(s) is on ...
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Is the word “women's” a typo?

My browser's spellcheck says it is, but I can't figure out why. Is Firefox sexist?
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Use an apostrophe to shorten word?

Is it grammatically correct to be able to shorten the word "manicures" to "mani's", omitting "cure" with an apostrophe?
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“The oxen's poop is all over the place”?

Apostrophes are used to show ownership. If the thing that owns something is plural, then we are supposed to put the apostrophe after the "s". For example: "Three cats' toys are all over the floor" ...
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Are apostrophes actually needed?

I don't mean to make it grammatically correct I mean does English need them? I can't seem to find a use case other than it's "legacy" in English, but that is never a reason to keep something around. ...
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How to Pluralize a Proper Noun That Already Has a “'s” In It

How does one pluralize a proper noun that already has an apostrophe in its singular form? for example, McDonalds'... How would I say there are three McDondald's in California? Please note: I am ...
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Is the plural form of ID spelled ID's or ID? [duplicate]

How to write or tell that collection of Email ID's has been attached.
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Odd possessive form of a proper name: Why does Dryden write “Lord Nonsuch his” instead of “Lord Nonsuch’s” but “Bibber’s” instead of “Bibber his”?

While researching a question posed on EL&U, I came across this list of the characters in John Dryden’s The Wild Gallant (1663), from a 1735 collection of Dryden’s works: DRAMATIS PERSONAE. ...
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Where should the apostrophe be placed in “Goats Milk”?

Milk from goats is available in supermarkets. On the shelves of our local store in England, I have found cartons boldly labelled all three of Goats Milk Goat's Milk Goats' Milk Most brands ...
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Loved one's or ones' [closed]

Can someone explain to me which would the correct form of ones in this statement: Have family members stated it took too long to respond to their loved one's/ones' complaints? I know it would ...
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Apostrophes and caps in Happy Mother’s Day / Happy Mothers’ Day

So, I’m writing this as it is Mother’s (or maybe Mothers’) Day today, and I was wondering what would be a correct way to write that. Should the apostrophe come be between the r and the s, or after ...
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Which is correct?: “my childhood dream” or “my childhood’s dream”

As an English native speaker, I feel tempted to say "my childhood dream", but from a grammatical perspective, would "my childhood's dream" be more correct?
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“My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner”

I just stumbled upon a Reddit post titled: My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner. How does it look? Sure enough, the top comment immediately points out that it should be "my wife's and my"...
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“one of the planets” vs. “one of the planet's” [closed]

The sentence is The Red Sea, where the desert meets the ocean, is truly one of the planets most exotic and fascinating natural seascape environments. and Microsoft Word cannot seem to agree ...
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Use of Apostrophe s to show possession when the noun is singular but ends with s [duplicate]

Should I use apostrophe-s('s) or only a apostrophe(') with the noun to show possession when the noun is singular but it ends with s.
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The companies money or the companies' money [closed]

Is there an apostrophe and where if you are writing about multiple companies such as in the example below? The companies money.
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the usage of the apostrophe [closed]

Which is more correct to say: in todays' classes or in today's classes? Can we consider that today represents the days that we live in general, so it might be considered as plural, and add the ...
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Is an apostrophe appropriate for denoting plurality in ABC's? [duplicate]

Should one use an apostrophe to indicate that ABC's is plural or is it incorrect?
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Apostrophe or not —“Iraqi Translators Association” or “Iraqi Translators’ Association”? [duplicate]

I found apostrophe use differs among association titles—"American Translators Association" has no apostrophe, whereas "Iraqi Translators' Association" does. Therefore, I need to make sure which one ...
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What's the correct use of apostrophe here?

There are two men named Bill Bass. I want to write the following two sentences. I want the two sentences below to refer to both of them, as plural, not possessive. Is this correct? I think this ...
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The plural form of: One's life work [closed]

I'm editing an essay about the two founders of a software company, and there is a sentence that currently reads: They have made it their live's work..." This looks and feels wrong, but I'm ...
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Is it plugin options or plugin’s options?

You can pass the plugin’s options in here. The plugin’s options have been saved. or You can pass the plugin options in here. The plugin options have been saved. I never know which ...
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apostrophes and possession [duplicate]

So I was taught that I should use apostrophes when something possesses something else, but I'm not sure about the use of it's in the following situation: ...and they found their way to a castle. ...
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Possessive form of compound subject?

Which of the following is accurate in British English to describe our own wedding? Alex and Jen's Wedding Alex's and Jen's Wedding Alex and Jens' Wedding
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What is the correct shortened form for “Goals of the Theses”

What is the correct shortening for "Goals of the Theses"? Theses Goals Theses' Goals I am confused, because Theses ends with an 's', but using the apostrophe makes it plural.
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Participants' vs Participantses [closed]

So I know an apostrophe is used to show possession. E.g The participant's book. However, what if I wanted to show possession with several participants? If I was referring to the scores of each ...
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Does this sound natural? [closed]

It was for the boys' father's birthday. Does this sentence sound natural to native English speakers? If not, how can I correct this sentence? Can I use apostrophes in a row as in boys' father's? How ...
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Bob's vs. Bobs? [closed]

Many of my friends use an apostrophe-S after a proper noun to conjoin the word with the word is. For example: "Bob's angry today." This does not make sense to me. I know that an apostrophe can ...
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Guidelines for adding 's after name of company ending in s [duplicate]

How about adding 's to the name of a company that ends in s for a possessive? Is it the same guideline (go by how it would be pronounced)? Thanks.
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“carbon's particles” or “carbon particles” [closed]

I'm wondering, how to use apostrophe. I've seen a lot of sites explaining how to use apostrophe to show possession, and I think I know how to use it, however I saw a lot of articles showing possession ...
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Using apostrophe s before gerunds (nouns ending in `-ing`)

I understanding that the following sentence is reasonably good for expressing the given idea. (1.) This method is likely to be biased since this requires participants to bring their own laptops. ...
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“Doctor's appointment” or “doctors appointment”?

I've looked this up online, but I can't find any explanations from reasonably credible sources, so I'm posting my question here! (Was that a comma splice?) Should I refer to the appointment that I ...
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Which is the correct idiom: “First thing's first” or “First things first”?

I've gotten into a debate over which usage of an apostrophe in the phrase "first thing(')s first" is correct. My thinking is that one would take the first thing and give it priority, hence the first ...
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Vehicles' or Vehicles are spinning out of control [closed]

Is it Vehicles or Vehicles' were spinning out of control. I have checked the rule and I though the apostrophe is for ownership and i don't believe there is direct ownership in this line but my friend ...
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Using an apostrophe on wedding invitation [duplicate]

I am designing an RSVP, in which I give my guests the option of choosing their meal preference. I have a column for ticking the option of a kid's meal, then at the bottom I have a key for all of the ...
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What to use after a word which ends with “se” to indicate possession? [duplicate]

I apologize for the seemingly simple question. I've searched on Google for this, but could not find anything. The word "Recluse", meaning (noun) "a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid ...
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Ambiguous Apostrophe Placement

I am teaching a class that has been grouped, each with one or more partners. I have written on the board to be sure that they write "their partner's name" on their handout. I am unsure where to put ...
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Do I need an apostrophe in “These trees’ roots”?

Do I need an apostrophe in "These trees’ roots"? For example, "Wow!!! These trees' roots are so long!" In this example the speaker can see both roots and the trees themselves.
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Use of the possessive apostrophe [closed]

Consider a person whose name is "Lehman". In the sentence "I read Lehman's documents." why is it "Lehman's" and not "Lehmans' " ?
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Is the apostrophe used properly? [closed]

It is for a checklist. 3.Plan website according to business' strategy.
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Using possessive apostrophe with “or” [closed]

I've seen this addressed a lot with "and", but not with "or". In the three following sentences: It isn't John's or Mary's fault. It isn't John or Mary's fault. It isn't John's or Mary's ...