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

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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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Why does ain't have an apostrophe [on hold]

Why does ain't have an apostrophe in it? Is it a contraction for "am not?"
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Is it necessary to use apostrophe s here?

Is it necessary to use apostrophe s here? The "acceleration magnitude" will be calculated. OR The acceleration's magnitude will be calculated. Thank you!
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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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The correct word for “belonging to a brush” [migrated]

Simple question - say I have a paint brush and I want to state the color that the brush will use for painting, do I say The brush's color is red or The brushes color is red My reasoning ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Proper Apostrophe Usage with Initialisms: CCS' or CCS's?

I work with a company whose name is frequently reduced to an initialism (acronym). Let's say the name is "Cool Computer Systems" (CCS). I am engaged in an ongoing, bloody battle with the marketing ...
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Parenthesis and apostrophes

If there is a noun, then parenthesis or a comma, where should a 's go? For example: The dog (who was very big)'s ears perked up. or The dog's (who was very big) ears perked up. or The ...
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possessive apostrophe(s) in definition of abbreviation

Consider the following two sentences, dealing with a singular "ISP": (1) The virus penetrated the Internet Service Provider's (ISP)'s firewall. or (2) The virus penetrated the Internet ...
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It's unconventional, but is “T's & C's” technically correct? [duplicate]

It looks a bit weird and isn't the commonly used term, but is it not correct? The apostrophe would be marking the shortening of "terms" to "t" and "conditions" to "c", of course.
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What’s the word for the habit of writing “play’d” or “revolv’d”?

I’m working on an 18th-century manuscript, and I’m trying to explain to others the use of ’d in past tense verbs. Is there a word that encompasses the usage of ’d in early 18th-century manuscripts? ...
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Space before apostrophe

In the 1928 Scribner’s (NY) edition of The Plays of J. M. Barrie, I’ve noticed an odd convention: where a contraction happens in middle of a word (e.g., “don’t” for “do n(o)t”), the apostrophe has the ...
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Why does “raptor” not contain an apostrophe?

Why is the word raptor not written as 'raptor when used as the abbreviated name for velociraptor?
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Possessive pronoun [closed]

The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana's album. The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana album. which one is correct? as to my understanding that people would not use the ...
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master or master's

I know from here here that I have to say Master of .... and master's degree. But let's consider another situation: I was half the way through my master, or I was half the way through my master's. ...
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Why does the word “never” not contain an apostrophe?

If never is a contraction of 'not ever' why does it not have an apostrophe, i.e. why is it not written n'ever rather than never? I can understand that the apostrophe has simply fallen out of use, but ...
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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses ...
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Where should the apostrophe go in “three days work”?

Which is correct? 1 Three day's work 2 Three days' work 3 Three days work I would probably guess (2) is right, since the work belongs to the three days ("three days of work"). But I'm ...
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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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correctly dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s in the expression “dotting the i's and crossing the t's” [duplicate]

I've found questions here at ELU related to the meaning of the expression (I'm clear on that), but this is about the best way to punctuate the expression in the title. Possibilities: a. It's ...
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What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in “‑s”?

What is the possessive of a noun ending in ‑s? Are these both right, or is the second one wrong? the boys' books the boss' car
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Pronunciation of the apostrophe

Is there a rule regarding the pronunciation (or lack of) of the apostrophe? I have seen this on tv: "Enchantress' wrath" pronounced as "Echantresses wrath" "Gus' schedule" pronounced as ...
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What does “a day's work” mean?

What does "a day's work" mean? Does it mean a full day's work? The quote below is taken from Charles Dickens' The Haunted House In the summertime, I often rise very early, and repair to my room ...
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What does “ 'Nation ” stand for in this context?

I was reading the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. In Chapter 2, there are sentences like: “I hope there ain’t, but can’t make so ’Nation sure of that,” said the guard, in gruff ...
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Why does Facebook have “like's” instead of “like”s?

I'm not a native English speaker, so I'm sorry if this is obvious but I can't find an explanation. Why are "like"s usually referred to as like's on Facebook? (You can see many instances here.) To ...
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Why is the apostrophe spelling of 'Doh!' so common?

This really grinds my gears- It seems to be common to spell 'Doh!' (the exclamation made popular by Homer Simpson) with an apostrophe, i.e. "D'oh!" yet clearly no apostrophe is required here. Given ...
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A question about using an apostrophe with “is”

Sometimes, we abbreviate sentences like "Nobody is ready" to "Nobody's ready". Is there a rule about this, and is "Nobody's ready" correct or is this considered incorrect? My apologies if this was ...
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Phrase for a proponent of states' rights

What do you call someone who supports states' rights? I often see some variation of "states' rightists" but I have a few uncertainties there. Should there be an apostrophe? "States' rights" makes ...
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Is it correct to use an apostrophe to indicate something that belongs to an object? [duplicate]

I'm 18 years old, & I'm working on a new blog. I'm trying to get all of the help that I can get with English. This is the title that I'm planning on using for the first post: Reasons for this ...
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Use of the possessive apostrophe in a list

If I was to label something The Poets and Painters' Distillery do I only apply the possessive apostrophe after 'Painters' as in the text written above, or do I also need to apply one to ...
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Title of my memoir [closed]

The Why's Don't Matter. Would you include the apostrophe in Why's, I'm getting mixed results
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Is it ok to end sentences with a possessive apostrophe?

I heard it's not appropriate to end a sentence with possessive apostrophe. For example: Jon has a great dog. I want one just like Jon's. Or If you want your own, similar to Jon's, then trade ...
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“Read comments and add your's” OR “Read comments and add yours” [closed]

I am creating a website. Before the comment section, I have added the following sentence: Read comments and add your's. But one of my colleagues suggested that it should be "yours", without the ...
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Plural of “uh-oh” and “oh-no”

Does the plural form of uh-oh and oh-no include an apostrophe? So is it "uh-oh's and oh-no's" or "uh-ohs and oh-nos"? I've seen it both ways and cannot find a definitive answer anywhere.
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The Jones's, Joneses, or Jones'? [duplicate]

I am calligraphing holiday ornaments. I have been given a list of names. Which is correct when a name ends in an es, "The Jones's, or The Joneses, or The Jones'?" Also, when it does not end in an ...
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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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Do I need an apostrophe in this title? [closed]

Educations Influence on Christianity This is the title of my essay. Does 'educations' need an apostrophe?
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Should I write “WP page” or "WP's page?

I am writing a scientific paper and must refer to a page of Wikipedia (WP for short). Should I write "WP page" or "WP's page"? "WP's page" seems to me to be correct, but somehow it sounds strange...
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“What is the plural form of the grades A-, A+, B+, etc.?”

It may appear pedantic but "all of them received A minuses or As minus grade", does not appear to make sense. If a subset of students received the same grade on their reports, then should the grade ...
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How do you write “other users passwords”? [closed]

Should I write "You are not authorised to change other users passwords" or "You are not authorised to change other user's password"? Which is correct?
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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 ...