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What is the difference betwwen “the '80s” and “the 80's”? [duplicate]

"The 80's" is a song made by Robbie Williams - Rudebox. My question is what is the difference betwwen "the '80s" and "the 80's"? (what does it mean for the different positions of apostrophe?)
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It's unconventional, but is “T's & C's” technically correct? [duplicate]

It looks a bit weird and isn't the commonly used term, but is it not correct? The apostrophe would be marking the shortening of "terms" to "t" and "conditions" to "c", of course.
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Pluralization: No's vs Nos [duplicate]

I was watching an Apple ad, and came across a sentence in which they form the plural of "no" with an apostrophe: There are a thousand no's for every yes But shouldn't it be nos? Or is this just ...
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Is it 20s or 20's? [duplicate]

Is an apostrophe necessary when you are referring to a set of years? Is the correct version 20s or 20's? (Twenties)
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Is the plural of CV: CV or CVs when the pluralised noun does not end in -s? [duplicate]

The answer to this question outlines a general rule for pluralising acronyms: The general rule is that you should not use an apostrophe to form the plurals of nouns, abbreviations, or dates made up ...
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BFFs or BFF's? Which one is right? [duplicate]

Here's the sentence - We Put These BFF's to the test. Is this correct or wrong and why?
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Is an apostrophe appropriate for denoting plurality in ABC's? [duplicate]

Should one use an apostrophe to indicate that ABC's is plural or is it incorrect?
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How should one talk about multiple Greek letters in text? [duplicate]

I'm writing an academic paper in economics, and I'm using several different instantiations (I guess) of the Greek letter mu in several different mathematical equations. If I want to refer to all of ...
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Apostrophe to indicate the plural of a mathematical object [duplicate]

I have a question on the use of apostrophe to indicate the plural of a mathematical object. Consider the sentence: "There are many values of X such that the statement is true". In math, often we re-...
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Proper apostrophe usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the proper way to write the plural of a single letter? (another apostrophe question) Plurals of acronyms, letters, numbers — use an apostrophe or not? Take for ...
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How 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 “+1”? [duplicate]

What is the best plural of "+1" in casual American English writing? Possible ideas I've considered include: +1s +1's
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Is “1940's” and “1950's” correct in the USA? [duplicate]

Snippet from the book "STYLING vs. SAFETY The American Automobile Industry and the Development of Automotive Safety, 1900-1966" by Joel W. Eastman: and its continual improvement by progressive and ...
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What's the proper usage of apostrophes in plural abbreviations? [duplicate]

If I were to abbreviate the word university, I would most likely write uni — or would uni’ be more correct? If I wanted to say universities, would I write unis or uni’s? My gut instinct would be to ...
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Apostrophe in sports team age division: 12s vs. 12's [duplicate]

In youth volleyball teams are divided by age. For example, a team consisting of kids 12 and under is referred to as a "12s team" or "12's team", and they typically play teams in that same division. ...
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Does one ever use apostrophes when writing plurals? [duplicate]

I am writing an essay on blood types and the Japanese culture, and I am not quite sure if my use of apostrophes is correct. I've read through this article, Apostrophes, but I can't seem to find this ...
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Abbreviating a term containing “hypotheses” [duplicate]

A paper I’m writing refers frequently to a group of anthropological hypotheses, and I would like to abbreviate “anthropological hypotheses.” However, because hypotheses is plural, I’m debating whether ...
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How to pluralize non-words [duplicate]

Current state of example: "Dotting i's and crossing t's can be the longest part sometimes." Sometimes I need plurals of things that are not necessarily words. Single letters, acronyms, that ...
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What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym / initialism?

For example, if I wanted to write the equivalent of There are many automated teller machines in this city. Would it be There are many ATMs in this city. or There are many ATM's in this city. (...
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What is the plural form of “zero”?

I tried looking on Google, but there are some fairly contradictory results. I thought I'd ask you guys so we could get an authoritative answer on the subject!
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How to pluralize “State of the Union” without an additional noun? [closed]

I've read the following sentence on Facebook tonight: I may have inadvertently convinced a co-worker to vote for Trump with the statement, "Can you imagine his state-of-the-unions?" Is it State-...
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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 year....
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Did they say “hand job” in the 1800s?

Did they say "hand job" in the 1800s? I was watching an episode of Deadwood, and they just said it. For example, from episode 6 "Plague": (Al enters the back room, Dolly is ...
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Is “ ’s ” ever correct for pluralization?

A relatively modern dictionary (I don’t know which one, because we’ve cut out the pages and used them as wallpaper in our bathroom, but I know it’s less than 20 years old) indicates that R’s is one ...
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What is the correct plural form for multiple bachelor degrees? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? I am helping a former intern ready their resume for distribution. The candidate used an abbreviation I was unfamiliar with: ...
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Can you express 'thousands' in number?

Is there any plausible way of expressing a sentence like There are thousands of people in this city Could you express that with numbers? Using the figure 1000 would make it look like "a thousand ...
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Plurals of acronyms on BBC website [duplicate]

Sinn Féin has confirmed that one of their MLA's has removed a clamp from the front wheel of his car, using what appears to be bolt cutters, in Belfast. This is from the BBC website. I know the ...
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How to transcribe a spoken abbreviation in writing

(This question was inspired by comments in a similar – but not duplicate – question.) Suppose I'm tasked with transcribing a physics lecture, and the instructor says that the answer is “42 km/s.” ...
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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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How to pluralize the following initialism [duplicate]

I'm having difficulty finding an answer to this. If I need to pluralize the following phrase "Request for Support" to "Requests for Support" would I put it as, RFSs, RFS's, RsFS, R.F.S.'s, R.'sF.S. or ...
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'Letters as letters', 'words as words'

Aside from italics, is it okay (especially in British English) to denote the plurals of 'letters as letters', 'numbers and numbers' and 'words as words' as I've done below? Also, I'm aware of doing it ...
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the plural of a 'word-as-a-word' [duplicate]

1-the words tumbled out so fast that I could barely hear them’ 2-don't look so worried’ 3-I'm not so foolish as to say that How would you refer to the sub-modifiers/adverbs (so) in sentence 1,2,3. ...
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Single Markers Used For Punctuation of Plurals

May I punctuate letters-as-letters and words-as-words in this manner (in lieu of italics)? The professor said that Joel used too many 'why's, 'like's, and 'whereas's in his essay. If we're using ...
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When talking about decades, is it correct to write “90's” with an apostrophe? [duplicate]

When referring to decades such as the nineties, is it correct to write 90's with an apostrophe?
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How can I make initialisms that refer to plurals possessive? [duplicate]

I want to know if it is correct to treat AF as a proper name and thus write "AF's concept" or if I must take the words of the initialism into consideration and write "AFs' (as I would write "Armed ...
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Pluralization of acronyms [duplicate]

I have seen the following questions: Pluralization of acronyms ending in 'S', What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? or Plurals of acronyms, letters, numbers — use an apostrophe or ...