E.G., "Mobile network operator's (MNO's) networks are overloaded."


"Mobile network operator's (MNO) networks are overloaded."

  • What style guide does your field use? (APA, MLA, Chicago, AMA, IEEE, etc.) Does that style guide have anything to say on the subject? If you would clarify your question a bit to highlight context, you may get a better answer. – TaliesinMerlin Mar 26 '19 at 13:28
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    Do yourself and your readers a favour. Rephrase to The networks of mobile network operators (MNOs) are overloaded. That way you won't need either of those clumsy possessive apostrophes. – FumbleFingers Mar 26 '19 at 13:43
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    Incorrect use of apostrophe. MNOs (plural), not MNO’s, which would be possessive. Get that right first! – David Mar 26 '19 at 17:47
  • I've seen it both ways but, in my opinion for whatever it's worth, omitting the possessive looks cleaner. – Anton Sherwood Mar 27 '19 at 5:16
  • @David, this refers to the networks that belong to the operator; "operator's" is possessive. – mRotten Aug 23 '19 at 21:48

I would certainly leave the possessive out of the parenthetical. It is clearly understandable with the possessive used with the words. (MNO) is fine.

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