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

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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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Which one is correct? earth treasures , or earth's treasures

I want to know which one is correct? We illuminate earth treasures. or we illuminate earth's treasures.
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The U.S.'s or The U.S.'? [duplicate]

"The U.S.'s highest mountain" or "The U.S.' highest mountain" (in AP Style, and just as a rule - i.e. if one weren't to flip it to "the highest mountain in the U.S.")? I'm inclined toward "the U.S.'s,...
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Should you use apostrophe s for “No man's land” if it really belongs to no man?

When talking about "No man's land" if the land belongs to no man, then should you use an apostrophe s?
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Why does the word “never” not contain an apostrophe? [closed]

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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Apostrophes For Plural Proper Nouns [closed]

When I have a proper noun that's usually meant to represent a singular object, am I supposed to include an apostrophe when pluralizing it (since the proper noun was never specifically intended 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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Using possessive apostrophe s of a singular abbreviation that ends with s

Which one is correct? 1- The OPS structure. 2- The OPSs structure. 3- The OPS's structure. 4- The OPS' structure. OPS: A singular abbreviation.
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The United States. Possesive is its or their?

The United States made no secret of its/their hope to absorb the provinces... http://grammarist.com/usage/united-states/ "Although United States is usually treated as a singular noun, it’s treated ...
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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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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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“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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Proper grammar for “Coaches Only Apparel”? [closed]

What is the proper phrasing for this e-commerce shopping category? Coaches Only Apparel Coaches' Only Apparel Coaches's Only Apparel Coach's Only Apparel
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Possessive apostrophe for words ending in “s” [duplicate]

"This car belongs to Tom" is also written as "This is Tom's car". How do I write "This car belongs to Yves"? Is it Yves', or Yves's?
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Apostrophes in plurals

I have always thought plurals in English is always word + s (except for irregular plurals). In my language we use apostrophes when a word ends in a vowel. I have been correcting my friends who write ...
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When to use opening or closing single quotes

I've been discussing with a colleague which apostrophe/single quote to actually use in what situations. We've agreed to use the closing single quote ( ’ ) for possession. e.g. That’s his ...
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“The woman's card” vs “the woman card”

In this recently uploaded video by CNN channel, it shows that it is not clear as to whether we should use the possessive apostrophe or not, though Sue Mendelsohn, Director of the Columbia Unv. Writing ...
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Plural of The Letter S

In a previous question here What is the proper way to write the plural of a single letter? (another apostrophe question) someone asked what the plural of a letter is. The answer given was for ...
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How do you show possession with the word “year” (“year's” vs.“years”)?

So, I develop for a company that does workplace-surveys. And one of our report-formats has just been translated into English. And with it a description on how to read the reports. This description ...
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Movie Title, Director, and the Use of an Apostrophe

Which sentence is correct: "Menace II Society co-director Allen Hughes liked the location." "Menace II Society's co-director Allen Hughes liked the location."
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Should I use a plural “ 's ”? [duplicate]

If I'm writing something like "I know my ABC's" is it appropriate to use the apostrophe, or should I write "...ABCs"?
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Capitalising Contractions [duplicate]

I couldn't really find anything on this, but it has been bugging me for a while. Say for example, you have the following dialogue: 'I'll let Mr. Hall know.' If you want to emulate "dropping the ...
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Genitive without apostrophe or s?

I have to translate the title of my college work and I can't decide whether it is correct to say "Colleagues rating system" or "Colleagues' rating system", because I have often seen examples where ...
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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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Apostrophe for plurals with mathematical notation [duplicate]

I am a mathematics student. I sometimes see professors write something like the following (both in class as well as in formal publications). Let a1, a2, ..., an be natural numbers. Assume that all ...
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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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Possessive apostrophe at end of an acronym that ends in S

The school where I work has an S when it is an acronym (NEGS) it looks odd with an apostrophe to show ownership e.g. NEGS' tennis team...any thoughts?
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Who is the “owners wife's account”?

Can someone comment on what this is technically saying? ....“send the transfer directly to the owners wife's account.” Is the wife the owner in this sentence or is the owner an owner who ...
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Correct place of apostrophe: friend's or friends' [duplicate]

A quick Google search (actually I use Duckduckgo but "a quick Duck or DDG search" would sound weird...) showed that "friend's" was a bit more common, whereas a Google user manual or tutorial used "...
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How to Correctly Imply Possession for the Surname “Camus”

My surname is Camus. Spoken by the French it is correctly pronounced "Camu" (loosing the "s"), but spoken by the English it is all too often pronounced "Camus" using the "s". This leads to a slight ...
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apostrophe that goes with a noun which precedes a relative clause

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 “what’s” a correct short form of “what does”?

E.g. “What’s he think?” Usually ’s is short for “is” so I don’t know.
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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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Distinguishing Apostrophes from Quotation Marks

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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Is there any rule when replacing apostrophe intead of some letters? [closed]

In some English songs I found words like: nothin' 'em gon' 'bout Are there any rules to make words like these? Are the words formal? Are there other examples?
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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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When can I omit a word while using a certain construction with apostrophe?

Is it grammatically acceptable to omit the term "house" in the following sentences: "I had to go to my sister's to get my laptop because I had fogotten it there, that's why I took so long to come ...
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Apostrophe uses for time

I am confused about the use of apostrophes indicating time. The sentence "It will arrive in one week's time" is correct and the sentence "Here is my two cents' worth" is correct. I don't understand ...
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What's the the proper usage of apostrophes for possession when two might be used? See example

I've looked other places online to try and find the answer to this question and was unable to confirm if I should use an apostrophe for both words or not. It seems awkward to do so but grammar rules ...
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Using commas with apostrophes for three or more plural possessive nouns

Is it teachers', students', and administrators' experiences or teachers,' students,' and administrators' experiences ? I think it is the first example with apostrophe, then comma?
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What does an apostrophe before a word mean?

I am reading The Rifters Trilogy by Peter Watts and wonder, what does it mean, when the author sometimes uses words with an apostrophe before them? As I have figured, that is some sort of way of ...
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Is there a rule for abbreviating is to 's?

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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To address denominations of cash [duplicate]

"Please bring lots of $1.00s and $5.00s" or "Please bring lots of $1.00's and 5.00's"?
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What is the plural of the name Jess? [duplicate]

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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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/