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

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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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Chained possessive words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My wife and I’s seafood collaboration dinner” I’m sure there are better ways to write the following sentence, but I was curious to know if this sentence is ...
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What’s the plural of “Valentine’s”

If I want to form the plural of “Valentine’s” as a short form of “Saint Valentine’s Day” – where do I put the apostrophe(s)? Is it possible at all? I believe that Valentines’, although the normal ...
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Do's and don'ts - wrong apostrophe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Do’s” and “don’ts” or “do’s” and “don’t’s”? I always see Do's and don'ts, but in my opinion it must be "Dos and don'ts", or is there any rule where there is an ...
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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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Use of apostrophe in days?

Is it: As Lilly lay down tucked up in her bed, all the days events span round in her head. or As Lilly lay down tucked up in her bed, all the day’s events span round in her head.
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When an item belongs to Bob, is it Bob's item or Bobs item [closed]

Should I use: That is Bob's phone He is Bob's student Bob's car is red or: That is Bobs phone He is Bobs student Bob's car is red
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Explaining the apostrophe in this quotation [closed]

Stumbled upon The Case For Mitt Romney: So far, under Obama, private sector job growth has vastly outpaced the public sector. And the big public unions, like the teachers', have been directly ...
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Possessive Form of a Proper Noun Ending in a Plural Noun Ending in “s”?

I don't think this has yet been covered in any of the other questions on similar topics. There was one other very similar question, however, it was not specifically talking about the case where the ...
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Apostrophe and plurals of abbreviations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? I was in Middlesbrough yesterday and spotted: CJ’s Cafe So far, so good, I thought. A selection of the delights within ...
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What will be the possessive form of the word “Tipsy” used as a noun? [closed]

The Microsoft Word grammar check shows "Tipsy's" to be wrongly formed. I thought "Tipsy'" would do the job and it was shown as correct. However, it occurred to me that Tipsy does not end in a 'z' or ...
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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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“Boys bicycle” vs. “boy's bicycle” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide When describing, for example, a bicycle for boys as "a boys bicycle", should it be "boy's" or "boys"? The phrase is not implying ownership ...
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Apostrophe in multiple plural posession [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Nikki’s and Alice’s X” vs. “Nikki and Alice’s X” Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities (writers' and teachers' ...
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Using apostrophes with plural and possession

We have something going to print today, but everyone in the office is arguing as to where to correctly place the apostrophe in the sentence (if at all!) The sentence is: Bring your event into the ...
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To apostrophe or not to apostrophe [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide I am sorry if this is really obvious but I can't work out from Wikipedia if it's right to use one here. My English is terrible but I try: ...
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Apostrophe `s` and adjective [closed]

I'm a bit confused if I can use adjective after a noun with apostrophe s. I broke Jim's fragile figure. I broke fragile figure of Jim. For example, which of these two sentences is correct?
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Using of 's, 've and 'd: official or colloquial? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using contracted forms (“don't”, “let's”) in a formal text Usage of contractions like “it's” and “that's” in ...
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Did President Obama break punctuation rules in his tweet? [closed]

After Clint Eastwood's RNC convention speech, President Obama tweeted as follows: This seat's taken. Did he break any apostrophe punctuation rules? I am guessing he didn't as I haven't heard any ...
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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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What’s the correct plural possessive of “kids”?

I know that children’s books is correct, but for some reason I want to say kids books, even though I know that it’s a plural possessive noun ending in an s. A quick search on the web turns up Barnes ...
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How do I express possession of an item owned by enumerated groups of several individuals? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X” Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct ...
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User’s/Users’/Users Group [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “User's guide” vs. “users' guide” If referring to a Users Group (meaning a group made up of multiple individual users who have some ...
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Apostrophe after Proper Noun ending with s [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? When did it become correct to add an 's' to a singular possessive already ending in 's'? Today's ...
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“One of my friend's father” vs. “one of my friends' father” [duplicate]

Duplicate: Possessive form of “one of [a list]”? Plural possessive with separate posessions What is correct: One of my friend's father is serving in the Navy. One of my ...
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24-hours notice vs. 24-hour's notice vs. 24-hours' notice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Phrasing “An hour's rest” In the sentence "You must provide 24-hours notice." which is correct: 24-hours notice 24-hour's notice 24-hours' notice
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Apostrophes in contractions: shan't, sha'n't or sha'nt?

I came across the word sha'n't when reading Winnie the Pooh the other day and it cast me into a Thoughtful Mood concerning the Appropriate Spelling of this word. This word is a contraction of "shall ...
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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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Use of lone apostrophe for plural?

I've been reading William Manchester's book "American Caesar", which is about Douglas MacArthur, and I found that he uses a strange convention for pluralizing the family name. When talking about the ...
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Apostrophe usage on proper nouns already having one [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Possessive of a word that's already possessive? There is a famous pizza restaurant named "Domino's". In our city their rivals accept vouchers issued by Domino's. The ...
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What is the proper apostrophe placement when using the letter N in place of the word “and”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What rules determine the apostrophe placement in “ham 'n eggs” and similar expressions? What is the proper apostrophe placement for using the letter N in place of the ...
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“2 hours' worth” or “2 hours worth”?

I think "1 hour’s worth" is the correct way to write this. Therefore, in the plural case, I assume the correct choice is "2 hours’ worth". Which one is it? Just wondering because someone edited a ...
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Usage of apostrophe in “baker’s dozen”

In the phrase “baker’s dozen”, why does the apostrophe indicate possession of a (single) baker? Shouldn't it indicate possession of all bakers in general? Shouldn’t it be “bakers’ dozen”?
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Achilles heel and Achilles tendon

Studying possessive apostrophes I have searched on ELU the questions correlated to this matter. I have found the following: «What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s?» and ...
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Why is there an apostrophe in “h'm”?

By that I refer to the sound people make when they're thinking. Most people write "hm" nowadays, so they may not know of this, but traditionally, people wrote it as "h'm". The apostrophe can't ...
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Spelling: “You +1'd this”

Can you please elaborate in detail as to why there is an apostrophe d after the +1?
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Using a possessive apostrophe with an initialism [closed]

Should you write "some of the UK's longest tunnels..." or "some of the UKs longest tunnels..."?
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Possessive plural of country? [closed]

Is it countries? Country's? I originally thought the latter but this would suggest a singular country?
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Apostrophe before or after s? [closed]

In the sentence: The author was greatly in love with Annabel Lee and described their love for each other as greater than anyone elses’. Does the apostrophe go before or after the s in else? ...
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apostrophe that goes with a noun which precedes a phrase

Suppose you wanted to place a possessive apostrophe in this sentence: Billy, who goes to my school, favorite game is tag. I know it's not standard, but I can hear kids (or older) saying an s sound ...
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Is “ O’Leary’s’s ” orthographically correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Possessive of a word that's already possessive? There’s a bar near me named O’Leary’s Irish Pub—or just O’Leary’s for short. One day, they changed their menu. I ...
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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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What rules determine the apostrophe placement in “ham 'n eggs” and similar expressions?

In expressions such as "ham 'n eggs", the conjunction 'n appears to replace and, yet there is only one apostrophe to indicate the missing a and none for the missing d (i.e., no "ham 'n' eggs"). Is ...
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How do I abbreviate “little” correctly?

As I understand it, apostrophes are used to show where a letter/letters are missing (e.g. shouldn't-> should not, hadn't-> had not). So when I abbreviate "little", is it correct to write: li'l' ...
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Phrasing “An hour's rest”

I was just posting a question to the Homebrewing StackExchange, and I found myself pondering the proper way to express my sentiment. I first wrote "an hour's rest", but upon review, I deemed the ...
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Can an “s”-form plural follow an “s”-form possessive?

This is best described via an example. I believe this might be technically correct, but sounds clumsy: You need to look through all the chemicals shelves There are multiple shelves, of type ...
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Why do we use 's when not abbreviating is/was?

I'm not English hence I don't know how this is called in the first place (that's why the title of this question should be changed) but what I'm referring to is this "s" used in English language to ...
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How do you make a word like “parent(s)” possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? "Please submit your and your parent(s)' federal tax returns." Is the possessive of "parent(s)'" correctly ...
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How is “apostrophe s” used here?

I heard someone on a TV show say: What's it all mean? As far as I know, 's could be the short form of has and is. But in this case, it seems more like to be the short form of does. Am I correct? ...
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What possessive pronouns do have an apostrophe?

I was explaining it's vs. its to someone the other day, and I said "None of the pronouns (his, hers, theirs, yours, its, whose, ...) has an apostrophe." Later I got to wondering whether that was ...