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

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How to contract “good one”? [closed]

Does anyone here know how to contract "good one"? I have seen it written as "good'un", but that doesn't make much sense to me; as I understand it, the apostrophe is there in place ...
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How do I use the apostrophe-s ('s) properly in these three sentences?

Which one of these three sentences is correct? A. Best Soccer Player Haircuts Ever (This is what I find on Google to be the correct one.) B. Best Soccer Players Haircuts Ever C. Best Soccer Player's ...
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“She´s happy” vs “She's happy” vs “She’s happy” vs …?

I’ve always wondered what the correct apostrophe is when using contractions. Should I use She´s happy or She's happy? English´s a universal language. English's a universal language. Why do a lot of ...
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What does “carry't” mean?

What does "carry't" mean? I can't find a definition for it on the web. Here's an example of its use from Shakespeare's Othello, the Moor of Venice: What a full fortune does the thick-lips ...
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Individual's or individuals' [closed]

in the following sentence: The same holds true for children who suffer from the disabling effects of childhood trauma. However, additional interventions targeting individual's needs will often be ...
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Apostrophe when using a noun to describe plural form of that noun?

I want to say something like: You can almost empathize with the Robert Moses' of the world. Where Robert Moses' is being used to describe Robert Moses and other people like himself. Is the apostrophe ...
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Pronunciation of the possessive form of singular nouns ending in “s”

First, let me point out that this is a non-native English learner asking this question. I know similar questions have been asked here (some of them found on this page), but (at least of those I saw) ...
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Smith and Johnson's approach [123] vs. Smith's and Johnson's approach [123] [duplicate]

I am currently writing a paper and want to label an approach proposed by Smith and Johnson in their work (exemplary reference [123]) as: Smith and Johnson's approach [123] or Smith's and Johnson's ...
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Is there a technical term for the situation where a possessive noun compounded with another noun form the name of a very specific object?

I'm not a linguist so please excuse this clumsily worded question: Is there a technical term for the situation where a possessive noun compounded with another noun form the name of a very specific ...
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Triple noun, plural and ownership apostrophe [duplicate]

Been asked to write "x is good for your Customer's vehicle interior". I feel this should be "Customers' vehicle interiors" but am spinning in circles on it. Can you help break the ...
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Correct way to use multiple possessive apostrophes in sentences? [closed]

I find multiple possessive apostrophes confusing, and so I'm having trouble deciding which of the sentences below would be correct. Example: The bicycle's frame colour is red. The bicycle frame's ...
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“Writers' Contest” or “Writers Contest” [duplicate]

Would it be correct to say "Writers' Contest" or "Writers Contest" for a competition that invites writers to submit their work? I believe there should be an apostrophe because the ...
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What's the grammar behind “A'warring”, from the lyrics of Symphony of Destruction?

What's the grammar behind A'warring, from the lyrics of Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth? It's the first time I'm seeing the use of such apostrophe.
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How to use apostrophe properly in this sentence? [duplicate]

There's a person named Khushwant Singh in a story. He and his grandmother are friends. There's a question asked in my book: What is the 'turning point' in the story? And my answer begins something ...
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Why were Scottish & Irish names once rendered with apostrophes instead of “Mac” or “Mc”

I have noticed in some Victorian and Edwardian texts that Scottish and Irish names beginning with "Mac" or "Mc" are usually written as "M" plus an apostrophe. An example ...
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Is it “men's” or “mens'”? And what's the rule?

Why is it that men's eyes always drift toward females? I mean, "men" is the plural form of "man". So it's "mens'"... but it looks very strange, and maybe this only ...
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Abbreviating “of course” to course or 'course - is apostrophe needed to indicate missing word?

I'm looking at some dialogue that has been written as "'Course not!". Is the apostrophe here - indicating the missing word "of" - correct, incorrect or optional for clarity? ...
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When does the word 'months' get an apostrophe? [duplicate]

Is it '12 month's remuneration', '12 months' remuneration' or '12 months remuneration'? New Oxford Style Manual says it does not get an apostrophe is not used in 'adjectival constructions' e.g. three ...
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Can a series of years be possessive?

Can a series of years be possessive? For example: I am 1990s' child This feels weird, but is it technically correct? And how about the following? I am a child of the 1990s'
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Does Leaders Guide have an apostrophe? [duplicate]

Using a leaders guide in a doctoral dissertation, does the title "Leaders Guide" have an apostrophe?
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“It’s” at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

The word it’s seems to be a good substitute for it is. Yet it doesn’t sound correct to substitute it’s for it is in: “That’s just the way it is.” To make it: “That’s just the way it’s.” Is it ...
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“One of the offers' name is…”?

In a conversation I was having with someone over Slack, I started to use the phrase, "one of the offers' name is...," to refer to the name of one of the offers, but it occurred to me that I'm not 100% ...
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Which one of the following sentences is more correct?

"Maria's, Mary's and Sophia's first loves was Katarina. "Katarina was Maria's, Mary's and Sophia's first loves​" "The first love of Maria's, Mary's and Sophia's was Katarina."
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Is this possessive optional? How would it affect the meaning of the sentence?

I'm writing an English piece as part of an assignment for our class, but I was unsure whether to add an apostrophe here: I went to see the Arctic Monkeys concert last week. or I went to see the ...
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Is it “childs” or “child's” [closed]

I am making a website to manage homework for students, parents and teachers. Anyway, I want the grammar to be correct and was wondering what would be the correct way to say this: All of your child's ...
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Which direction is an apostrophe?

This question is related to LaTeX, however, the question itself is about English. I am using LaTeX for a document, but since it doesn't use smart quotes or things like that, a question arises: In a ...
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The use of the apostrophe is equivalent in these phrases?

This is the house of John / This is John's house Are they equivalent?
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Which one is correct “United's stadium” or “United' stadium”? [closed]

What is the correct way to put the apostrophe. the doubt is with "stadium" because it starts with 's'. E.g: "United's stadium" or "United' stadium" PS: I need to know why (with grammatical ...
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The usage of apostrophes - is the sentence “Save message file parameters to database” correct? [closed]

A little confused - here is the sentence: Save message file parameters to database. Is it correct? Or should I add an apostrophe after message word?
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Minute's vs Minutes [closed]

Referring to a newborne: "her first minute's took place a few hours ago" or "her first minutes took place a few hours ago."
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Why should “theirs” not have an apostrophe? [duplicate]

What is the reasoning by which people decided not to use ’s to indicate the possession of pronouns? For example, one might write It is Jack's dog. The dog is Jack's. But not It is their dog. ...
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Is this genitive correct? “… the sustainability performance of firms” [duplicate]

I read the following sentence and I was wondering if this is correct: "Society and activist, non-governmental organizations monitor the sustainability performance of firms." Or is "monitor firms' ...
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Concisely wording the sentence “compare X's Y to Z's Y”

How would one go about concisely wording the sentence "compare X's Y to Z's Y." I've seen it done in a few ways: "compare X's Y to Z's Y" (e.g. "compare Mary's lamb to Phillip's lamb") "compare X's Y ...
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How should I place an apostrophe to represent the possession on a word already emphasized by rounded apostrophe?

For example: /*! * Get the index of specified 'pick_value_item'. * @param a0 The path of the 'pick_value_item'. * @return The index. * @remark The 'path' syntax will be '<page>/<...
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Possessive apostrophe subtle variation [duplicate]

We are writing a book about an amateur dramatic group called 'Richmond Players'. The title is "The Richmond Players Story". There is a hot debate in the group about whether a possessive apostrophe is ...
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How do I refer to multiple people with the same name

My daughter now has her own bedroom. She doesn't want her sister to come in. She has made a sign. "No Paiges Allowed!" What is the correct apostrophy use on "Paiges" when I want to refer to ...
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Possessive apostrophe usage: why not “World's Health Organization”? [duplicate]

I am wondering why some possessive nouns does not have apostrophes. If "America's Credit Union" has an apostrophe, why not "World Health Organization"? My intuition says that the apostrophe is only ...
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Plural possessive of the acronym COA

How do I write the plural possessive of the acronym COA in APA style (which in general doesn't allow for the use of an apostrophe)? COA = children orphaned by AIDS Children orphaned by AIDS [...
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The apostrophe sign in informal shortened phrases

There are certain informal expressions in English language like 'nuff said or 'Murican that feature apostrophes in a puzzling (to me) way. I have two (I think sufficiently related) questions about the ...
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Correct Usage of Plural Possessive Word “user”? [duplicate]

Which of the following is the correct usage of the plural possessive word "user"? We would like to store a cookie in every user's browser. or We would like to store a cookie in every users' ...
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Plural and Apostrophe

My eyes are like cat's eyes. My eyes and Jim's eyes are like cat's eyes. My eyes and Jim's eyes are like cats' eyes. Sentence two or three, which is correct? She is talking about her boyfriend's ...
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apostrophe rules in academic writing

I've been reading papers from nucleate boiling mechanics and related areas, and I keep being puzzled by the usage of apostrophes. For example, we talk about bubbles: Numerical simulations of the ...
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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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Why is the apostrophe positioned differently in “ones' complement” than “two's complement”? [duplicate]

There is a concept in computer science which deals with how to demonstrate negative binary numbers. Two methods for achieving this goal are ones' complement and two's complement. Since I got ...
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Apostrophe with conjunction [duplicate]

Should we say: I am a great fan of Shakespear's and Enid Byton's writing or I am a great fan of Shakespeare and Enid Blyton's writing
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Apostrophe s' or s's - When to use each? [duplicate]

In this sentence should I use Apostrophe as s's or s'? I am always confused with what exactly the rule behind s' and s's. The sentence is: Hours later Fadnavis's resignation, the the NCP-Congress ...
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Apostrophes in Grammar [duplicate]

In the sentence- "Jessie's and Nora's dogs are lovely". Do we really have to put apostrophes on both the names?
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{Profession}'s Inn or {Profession}s Inn [duplicate]

Say you would open an inn primarily for people who build things. Would that be called the "Builder's Inn" or the "Builders Inn"?
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Plural of an initialism written in lowercase with abbreviation full stops

Although similar questions have been already posed and answered here, I still have this doubt: in the case of initialisms written in lowercase (and possibly having full stops after each letter), how ...
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Teeth of a dragon

Engineers (originally military but now spreading to roadway and other civil) sometimes use "dragons teeth" which are small concrete pyramids to prevent vehicular access, named presumably from the ...

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