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

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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?

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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Associative apostrophe [duplicate]

What is an associative apostrophe, mentioned in page 747 of Garner's fourth edition?
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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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Help with understanding Apostrophe for worker's or workers'

I am currently writing an essay on Political Economy. Can I ask what the correct use is for the Apostrophe in this sentence: 1) You could be asking yourself why a worker's democracy is needed? 2)...
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Which one is correct: “bachelor's and master's degrees”, or without apostrophes? [duplicate]

I understand that I have to use apostrophes with bachelor's degree and *master's degree. Here is a good reference https://wmich.edu/writing/rules/degrees However, after talking with native English ...
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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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Is Lewis Carroll correct in his suggestion on some abbreviations?

The following is quoted from the preface to Sylvie and Bruno Concluded by Lewis Carroll: Other critics have objected to certain innovations in spelling, such as ‘ca’n’t’, ‘wo’n’t’, ‘traveler’. In ...
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adults’ English teacher or adult’s English teacher? [duplicate]

In this sentence, “I would like to apply for the post of adults’ English teacher,” do you say “adults’ English teacher” or “adult’s English teacher”? If this sentence is totally wrong, could you ...
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Capitalization/Proper use of apostrophe for omitted letters at start of quotation

Suppose I have a character who can’t pronounce the letter b, and I have him start a sentence with “bananas” in dialogue. Is this correct, using a single quotation mark in front of a pointing away ...
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Is the apostrophe placed before or after “and” in this instance? [duplicate]

Like when something belongs to (or has a relationship with) two people. "Dan and Jack's mother" "Dan's and Jack's mother" Which one is correct? Would it be the same or different with more than two? ...
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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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“One of my friends'” or “One of my friends's”? [closed]

When specifying possession, my understanding is that one adds an apostrophe if modifying a plural ending with an 's', or adds apostrophe followed by an s if not. How does one specify possession of one ...
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Confusing examples; Apostrophe-“s” vs “of ” [duplicate]

These examples are very confusing to me and I still can't understand the difference between 's and of. For some sentences, it is grammatically wrong but for some sentences it is correct. Please help ...
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Which one of these sentences is better? A thesis title - Apostrophes Showing Possession [closed]

Sentence 1 : The comparison of Muhammed Bedruddîn Mahmûd el-Aynî’s "Şerhu Süneni Ebû Davud" and "Umdet'ül- Kârî" books Sentence 2 : Comparison of the "Şerhu Süneni Ebû Davud" and "Umdet'ül- Kârî" ...
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Where should I put the possessive apostrophe in the construction noun + “Proper Name” + possessed thing

The sentence is as follows: The association "Association Name" requirements. Where should I put the possessive apostrophe? The association "Association Name"'s requirements. OR The ...
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et al. with an apostrophe [duplicate]

There are other et al. questions so I'll cut to the chase. Is it correct to have et al. with an apostrophe to indicate ownership? Bloggs et al.'s paper was good. I am going to interpret Bloggs et ...
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Apostrophe usage?

I've written: Special offer: For a limited period (to celebrate the launch of our saunas in Chalet Harriet 1 & 2) we are offering our free children's discounts on both chalets for 15th ...

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