I am writing a document and need to find the word to describe a person who makes a tender. Would it be "the successful tenderers...". I expect there is an apostrophe somewhere but I'm not sure.
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It is an awkward word, and we used to get round it (architect's office) by referring to the tender and not the tenderer, so when the results were out, we'd write something like "7 tenders were received" and "the successful tender was submitted by..." to avoid using tenderers.
No, no reason for an apostrophe. It may sound slightly awkward, but 'tenderer' is correct.