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Questions tagged [apostrophe]

Questions relating to the use of the apostrophe (’).

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How do you use apostrophe +s to full words with acronyms attached?

It's no issue if I were to attach it to to the acronym directly, but if I were to introduce an acronym for the first time in my writing I would have to use the full name with the acronym first, and ...
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My friend, Adam's birthday or My friend's, Adam's birthday [duplicate]

Which one is correct? It is my friend's, Adam's birthday. It is my friend, Adam's birthday. Does the word 'friend' need an apostrophe to show possession?
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Family business name apostrophe 's or s'

My brother and I are setting up a painting and decorating business and there's a small dispute to where our apostrophe goes. Initially, I thought "Sheppards' Painting and Decorating Company" would be ...
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Apostrophe Placement

Please can you help. Here is my sentence: For best results, you’d be sensible to ensure they’re songs which are suitable for your voices current skill level. Where would you place the apostrophe ...
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Apostrophe: Individual team member's goals or individual team members' goals?

This is stumping me a bit. The sentence is referring to individuals out of a group, but writing it as 'individual team member's goals' seems a bit weird to me as it's like it's just one person in the ...
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90s kids or 90's kids or 90s' kids or '90s kids

I have been checking on which of these is grammatically correct. Should we use "90s kids" or "90's kids" or "90s' kids" or "'90s kids"? I checked on many forums and platforms like Reddit, Oxford, and ...
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Is apostrophe needed in this case?

Which of the following would be correct? "Improve the population quality of life" or "Improve the population's quality of life?" I could bypass this whole situation by simply using "Improve the ...
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“…the house of our neighbor's” vs. “…the house of our neighbors' ”

We had Thanksgiving dinner at the house of our neighbors. We had Thanksgiving dinner at the house of our neighbor's. We had Thanksgiving dinner at the house of our neighbors'. Which one is correct?
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Placing of Apostrophes [closed]

Which of these would be correctly written - Writing my friend’s names or writing my friends’ names? Where the intended meaning is that I have more than one friend and I’m writing their names in a ...
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’s apostrophe usage in “RNA’s” [duplicate]

The following is a test of mba entrance Why is there a 's after RNA in number 2 ? PS: the number 2 should change to RNA's direct according to the answer sheet.
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Should there be an apostrophe if not why? [closed]

In the short sentence below should there be an apostrophe? My Sisters protector.
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Is an apostrophe required in “a good ten minutes away”

I think if I wrote "a good ten minutes' walk away" then an apostrophe is required as shown. If I write "a good ten minutes away", where 'walk' is implied from the context, is it still required?
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Is it “honor's calculus” or “honors calculus”? [closed]

I see both usage, with "honors calculus" much more common. This is in reference to courses and programs in high school and universities with a higher level of requirements than the regular counterpart....
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Do you maintain the period of an abbreviation if it contains an apostrophe? [duplicate]

This one stumps me. If writing a sentence that uses an abbreviation such as "Johnson and Co.", but then you make the name possessive, do you write it as "Co.'s" or "Co's" and remove the period after ...
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Apostrophe Use In Abbreviated Decade Which Is Also A Possessive

I always put apostrophes before abbreviated decades. Ex: The '60s. However, what if you want to abbreviate a decade that is also possessive of the word that comes after it? Ex: Classic dance genres ...
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“Germany's” or “German” Ministry of Defence? [duplicate]

What are the rules for referring to a ministry (or any other department, organisation, etc) of a specific country? I found both on Google. Are the US and UK exceptions (as it's the US Ministry of ...
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When using an apostrophe at the beginning of someone's name, should the next letter be capitalised?

In my new book, the main character's name is Stacey. Her brother, Toby, is unable to pronounce her whole name and calls her "acey". When writing her name in his speech, I would use an apostrophe to ...
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How can you use apostrophes in a sentence?

Which among the following usages of the apostrophe is correct? Is it okay to use an apostrophe like in the first sentence? Request access to your applicant/signups' profile photo at any website. ...
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Pronunciation of 's after word ending in “is”, “es”

Alexis's sister. Is it pronounced Alec sis sister or Alec sis sis sister?
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Should's or shoulds [duplicate]

I can't figure out for the life of me if it should be "should's" or "shoulds." It's a follow up sentence of saying, "that's a lot of should's." (there was also question as to whether the period ...
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Business signage with a letter per row - where to put apostrophe?

I noticed a bar called My Lady's Inn with a sign using one letter per row. The L A D Y' S feels a little strange, and I was wondering if L A D Y 'S would work better? Any rules or ...
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Is the apostrophe necessary in “the designers' platform feedback group”?

They're trying to say: It's the designers platform (page) feedback group, by calling it "the designers' platform feedback group". Is that apostrophe necessary? Feels like it's not.
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Doctors or Doctor's [closed]

Is it doctors or doctor's in the following sentence. Having been privy to the pivotal role his doctor's played in his recovery, I have become driven to help others do the same. Thank you!
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At the beginning of a sentence in dialogue that sounds incomplete, should you use an apostrophe?

I'm not sure where I picked up this habit, but I think it might be grammatically incorrect. I'm a fiction writer and have just started working on a new novel, so I want to clear this up before I get ...
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S and apostrophe's position

I know the topic has already been discussed, for example, here the accepted answer talks about possessives, but I wonder if my specific case is about possessives or something else. These are the ...
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Apostrophe instead of the first sound. Where do I read about it?

What sources are there about rules for such contractions in American English when the first sound of the word isn’t pronounced. There’s an apostrophe or something like this instead. F/e, the ...
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Users wrists or user's wrists - addressing all wrists of users [closed]

I am launching new wearable software company with motto: Get your service on users wrists and I am not sure if it should be users or user's. By the motto, I want to tell that you can get your ...
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Which is correct? “The days still young.” Or “The day's still young.” [closed]

Is the apostrophe needed? I was leaning towards yes.
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Is it “Balcony”, “Balcony's” or “Balconies”? [closed]

Which one is correct in these contexts? "I shifted my eyes away from the balcony view and looked at [name]..." "I shifted my eyes away from the balcony's view and looked at [name]..." "I shifted my ...
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Do you need an apostrophe if the noun proceeds the subject? [closed]

If I wanted to write out a sentence where the noun proceeds the subject, ie: the church of Christian's, would I need an apostrophe?
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Apostrophe use in a title

I have seen titles, such as books or business names, that omit the apostrophe. Is this proper? Can a title be apostrophe free if the author chooses? EX: Tom and Sallies Big Adventure. Should Sallies ...
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Does the apostrophe come before or after the s when the noun is less than one?

I have a noun, "second", that I need to make possessive in the sentence, It's like having a second's slower reflexes. When I make it plural, the apostrophe comes after the s. It's like having ...
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Does a possessive still require an apostrophe when a noun has been omitted to avoid repetition?

This is quite hard to explain (and seemingly impossible to search for on Google) so here's an example: In relation to dogs and their owners (masters), I saw this sentence: "Their understanding of the ...
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Where to put apostrophe after “their” when referring to plural noun? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? I'm not sure where to put the apostrophe on "phones": This software allows iphone users to remotely access their phone's settings. vs This software allows iphone users to ...
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How to use possessives when the subject has a number after? [duplicate]

I have a question about possessives. While "Peter's ball" is easy and clear. How do I express the notion of "the ball that belongs to agent 2"? Would it be "agent's 2 ball" or "agent 2's ball" or ...
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How to use apostrophes for repeated possessives? [closed]

As I get older I become more pedantic. I recently wanted to write a message explaining my dread of going to weddings of children of my friends. Which of the following is correct: I am dreading ...
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Possessive nouns, the apostrophe, and no 'S'

I was watching an episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. It's an American show hosted by an Englishman. He displayed a paragraph of text during the show which read, "The Bad Boys Club' T-...
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Johnson's or Johnsons [duplicate]

I am ordering a flag. It says "Welcome Summer" and then under that is the name The Johnsons or The Johnson's Husband and wife live in one dwelling. I know if it ...
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Should I use the possessive apostrophe or an attribute noun on a business card?

I have designed some stationary items (such as letterhead and business card) for a website/brand (XYZ.Com for instance), and I need help to choose the correct sentence among those below: The ...
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Use of Possesive Pronouns

Say, I want to tell my readers to come visit the U.S. and enjoy American lifestyle (such as eating American hamburgers, watching football games, playing Beerpong, etc). Then which of the followings ...
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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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Parking sign apostrophe? [duplicate]

Should there be an apostrophe in the sign "residents parking". A quick Google search suggests there shouldn't. But why not? Is "residents" an adjective?
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Master thesis, master's degree thesis or master degree thesis

I searched online and I understood that "master's degree" retains the apostrophe, while the relative thesis is commonly referred to as "master thesis". However, of the forms Master thesis Master's ...
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If someone famous owns a dog, is it “someone famous’ dog”? [duplicate]

If my two neighbors own a cat, it’s "my neighbors’ cat". If someone famous owns a dog, what's the correct way to describe it: "someone famous’ dog"?
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Found in Mary'r Room [closed]

Why am I not to say "… found in Mary'r room," which ought to be the logically correct way to use the genitive apostrophe? Something could as reasonably be found in Mary'r room if it could be ...
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Apostrophe in “Play is our brains favorite way of learning.”? [closed]

Should there be an apostrophe in the following sentence. If so, where? "Play is our brains favorite way of learning."
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“Leader's Workshop” or “Leaders' Workshop”? [duplicate]

Leader's Workshop or Leaders' Workshop Which is correct? A team of twenty leaders will be attending the workshop.
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Schools Pupils' Reports or without apostrophe?

Not finding a solid answer on google. This title: Schools Pupils' Reports to Parents School's Pupils' Reports to Parents Which one is correct?
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Do you use an apostrophe with opinions?

Are the following sentences correct? John's opinion about the sports car shocked his friend. The Board of Director's opinion about the unresolved issue is that it should have already been ...
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If a noun is followed by brackets, where should the apostrophe be placed to show possession?

Which of the following four sentences has used the apostrophe in the correct way? Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) teeth were glinting in the sunlight. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)'s teeth ...