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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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