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

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New English Learner [migrated]

I am a new english learner and need some assistance with understanding when to properly use an apostrophe for showing possession. I have an example sentence, Sophie, Brock, and Hannah all own ...
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Where should I put the possessive apostrophe with an acronym in parentheses?

If I'm referring to something an organization owns, and I'm also including the acronym for the organization in parentheses, where do I put the possessive apostrophe? Here's an example: The Dogs Are ...
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apostrophe with the name of an organization

"I have been attending the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics's monthly meetings." "I have been attending the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics' monthly meetings."
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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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Apostrophe Plural quesion

If you want to say a person has eyes that look like the eyes of a wolf using the Saxon genitive - any genric wolf, not a particular wolf - which is the correct grammar? He has wolf's eyes He has ...
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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

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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Lets me or Let's me

Do we use "Let's me" or "Lets me". (without the apostrophe) Because if we used the apostrophe, it would mean "Let us me", which wouldn't make sense! Thanks.
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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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Why do some early modern English writers use an apostrophe in art (ar't)?

For example, in Verses upon the duke of Buckinghams returne from the Ile of Rees (https://www.english.cam.ac.uk/ceres/ehoc/lessons/lesson1/index.html) the poet spells "art" as "ar't" in the phrase "...
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Do I use an apostrophe if I'm referring to several medical IVs? [duplicate]

First sentence (with apostrophe): The IV's continued to drip as she thrashed on the bed. OR Second sentence (no apostrophe): The IVs continued to drip as she thrashed on the bed. Which one of ...
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Is there any exception of apostrophe rules? [duplicate]

Why is there no apostrophe 's' after “election body” in the following sentence? Congress goes to top Court over election body 'inaction' on PM's speeches.
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Do I include the possessive apostrophe in the parentheses after defining an acronym [duplicate]

If I use a possessive apostrophe and then denote a term as an acronym i.e. "the US Government's (USG's)," I don't include the apostrophe after "USG," right? It just feels a bit odd when I don't, as if ...
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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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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 ...