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

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four books' long

I read this in a very respectable article: The Apologos of Odysseus, four books' long, is... Please do not dismiss this usage out of hand. I have never seen the apostrophe used like this before and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to bound or emphasise names?

I'd like to ask how to properly write names is US English text. To explain what I mean by names in my case, let's start by example: Now create two files. Name the first one for example X and the ...
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Should I write “WP page” or "WP's page?

I am writing a scientific paper and must refer to a page of Wikipedia (WP for short). Should I write "WP page" or "WP's page"? "WP's page" seems to me to be correct, but somehow it sounds strange...
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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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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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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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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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Do an abbreviated word have to be enclosed by the apostrophe?

been searching for a while now so: When omitting parts of words with an apostrophe, do it have to be enclosed by the word? A good example that helped me answer a few of my own questions was: Using ...
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Use of apostrophe or hyphen in money amounts

I'm trying to write a sentence along the lines of "we ordered 200 pounds' worth of stuff", but using the pound sign rather than the word. Possible options: "£200 worth" "£200's worth" "£200-worth" "£...
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Is it proper to describe a noun using an apostrophe?

For example, if I wanted to say, "This student is large.", would it be proper to instead say, "This student's large."? I don't recall ever reading something like this, but I ...
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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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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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Genitive without apostrophe or s?

I have to translate the title of my college work and I can't decide whether it is correct to say "Colleagues rating system" or "Colleagues' rating system", because I have often seen examples where ...
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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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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 ...
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Should there be an apostrophe when using surnames together?

Should the sign read: The Brownuzzi's Joseph Brown and Eleanor Iannuzzi or The Brownuzzis Joseph Brown and Eleanor Iannuzzi ?
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What's the difference between 'family shame' or 'family's shame'?

Apostrophe indicates a possession, so my question is do I use it in the phrase: Family('s) shame? Basically, I don't think my family possesses me that's why I am a little bit confused. The full ...
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“Confirmation parents' meeting” or “confirmation parents meeting”?

If a meeting is for a group of parents run by a Church, for example, would it be "Confirmation parents' meeting" or "Confirmation parents meeting"?
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“your partner's name” or “your partners' name” when there could be one or more partners?

I am teaching a class that has been grouped, each with one or more partners. I have written on the board to be sure that they write "their partner's name" on their handout. I am unsure where to put ...