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. Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 22:13
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    I’m voting to close this question because this list is about the English language, not about spelling dictionaries from software applications. In addition this is an elementary question which should have been sent to ELL when it was still fresh.
    – David
    Commented Mar 17 at 20:32

2 Answers 2


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
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 20:11
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    @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. Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 21:27

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

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    FGITW :P beat me by four seconds...
    – Luke_0
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 20:09

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