My sentence says:

Coventry city centre's main transport links.

but there is a red line under "centre's" in MS word. Is it "centres" or "centre's"? I thought that you use an apostrophe for belonging.

Thanks in advance.

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    NEVER rely on MS Word for spelling, grammar, or anything else that might be said to have anything to do with any kind of standard. In fact, just never rely on MS Word at all. Dec 22 '13 at 22:13

Do you have MS Word configured to be checking for American English or British English? The British spell the word as "centre" and Americans spell it as "center". If MS Word is checking American English, it will mark "centre" as incorrect.

The correct possessive form of "centre" is "centre's" and the correct possessive form of "center" is " center's".

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    Thanks a lot! It was looking at it the American English way.
    – Eduardo
    Dec 22 '13 at 20:11
  • @Eduardo The fact that it was a red underline should have been a clue: red underline signifies a spelling error. Grammar/punctuation errors get green or blue underlines.
    – Scott
    Dec 23 '13 at 21:27

It's centre's. MS Word often gets it wrong.

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    FGITW :P beat me by four seconds... Dec 22 '13 at 20:09

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