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

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What is the plural of the name Jess?

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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A plurality of nests of wasps

While I generally feel sure-footed on matters of literary greengrocery, I'm at a loss on this one. How would a pedant write a sign alerting others to the presence of nests of wasps to make other ...
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Using an abbreviation for 50 pence pieces, 50ps or 50p's?

When using an abbreviation for a coin such as the english 50 pence piece it is 50 p. But how do we make this a plural? 50ps or 50p's? In the following context: I have nine 50 pence peices. In speech ...
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Do any style guides recommend an apostrophe at the end for double possessors? (John and Jacks' house)

I am aware that the universally accepted style is to put an apostrophe-s at the end of the second possessor's name. Example: Amy and Steve's car My question is not whether that is the common rule; ...
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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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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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Use of apostrophe in adjective phrase containing a possessive

I work and write for a tech company that has created many first-in-the-world technologies. In press releases, I often write something like “[Company name] today announced another world’s first with ...
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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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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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use of contractions (and some homophones)

Is it true that the current usage and spelling of words like we're/were, there/they're/their, your/you're, etc. is shifting? I heard that in the next generation the apostrophe may be disappearing in ...
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Is an apostrophe with a decade (e.g. 1920’s) generally considered “incorrect”?

I typically don’t use an apostrophe with plurals in any situation, but I always assumed that the use of an apostrophe in constructions like acronyms: Forty BA’s were given out to students this ...
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quote within a quote and apostrophe

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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Why is there a distinction between “its” and “it's”?

While I know technically the English language has a distinction because when there's a conflict between the possessive form and a contraction, the contraction wins. That is: Its is the possessive ...
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Possessive of a word that is already possessive

If the cricket ground Lord's is a possessive, what if you want to describe something belonging to Lord's? Would you say: I was very impressed by Lord's's customer services. It doesn't look ...
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“Confirmation parents' meeting” or “confirmation parents meeting”?

If a meeting is for a group of parents run by a Church, for example, would it be "Confirmation parents' meeting" or "Confirmation parents meeting"?
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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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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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“other’s lives” vs. “others’ lives”

I'm not sure which of the following is correct: having an impact on other’s lives having an impact on others’ lives I just can’t figure out how the apostrophe should be used.
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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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Have a question about possessive plural apostrophes

We are having an event span 3-days and it is called Lone Wolf Sturgis Days. Should "days" have an apostrophe? Like "Days'"?
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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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Is there an apostrophe in “number of years experience?” [duplicate]

I'm developing a tool that looks at a person's resume and skill set. One of the features is to estimate how much experience a person has based on the length of time on a project and associated ...
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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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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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When does one use an apostrophe? [closed]

Student's exchange Family pride For the above examples, I want to understand why the apostrophe is or isn't used? How does one determine this?
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Plural name apostrophe position

At my English lesson the native English speaker couldn’t tell what is correct and promised to search it for us! He told us that if James is one person then we should write James' Book but if ...
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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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Why did they spell it “URL’s”?

I was reading this documentation file of some software and note the plural spelling of this abbreviation is “URL’s”. Why isn’t it “URLs”?
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Apostrophes in cursive script

I'm currently composing a letter to a good friend of mine—using actual pen and paper—and I just realised, that I have absolutely no idea how to properly handle apostrophes in cursive script. English, ...
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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 ...
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How is a' in mathematics pronounced?

It often happens that two or more similar values are distinguished with the ' symbol, e.g. a, a', a'' and similar. How is this pronounced?
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Do I need an apostrophe and capitalization? [duplicate]

My education includes a bachelor's of art which has provided me employment in a variety of related professions.
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Would the shortening of a word constitute the use of an apostrophe?

The first example I see often is usually along the lines of "Go get 'em!". In personal training muscles are often spoken of in a shortened manner, for example triceps are called tri's. Would this be ...
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Should I add an apostrophe in this example? [duplicate]

Should it be "Anglophone Schools Competition" or "Anglophone Schools' Competition"? I feel like either one could be correct, but I'd love to hear opinions.
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Use of possessive apostrophe for 2 people who have the same attitude

'No uncertainty exists about Jim and Bob's attitude to Stan - they despised him.' or - 'No uncertainty exists about Jim's and Bob's attitude to Stan - they despised him.' I have seen questions ...
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“Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X”

Which option is grammatical? There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni’s and Alice Walker’s writings. There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker's writings. Saying it ...
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Should it be: “each other's belongings” or “each others' belongings”? [duplicate]

In this sentence: I'm proud we're not one of those couples who have to snoop through each other's belongings. Is the above correct? Or should it be "each others' belongings"? Can you ever say ...