Subject: Re: plurals vs apostrophes
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From: Greg A. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/26/2000 17:53:26
[ On Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 11:17:08 (-0700), C Kane wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: plurals vs apostrophes
> I know we can all look this up for ourselves. But here are two guides
> I found online.
> >From http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001610.html:
Pu-leeeze! That's *FAR* worse than suggesting the New York Times knows
something about the English language, be it the so-called "American"
dialect, or the original British variety. (Is that "North-American",
"Central-American", or "South-American"? OH! You mean the only those
semi-northern untied states of america! :-)
I think my quote from Webster's is more authoritative!
This from The American Herigate Book of English Usage (available at
<URL:http://www.bartleby.com/64/>) is also informative, and perhaps
authoritative to some (and it seems to agree with Webster's too):
Usage with regard to forming the plurals of letters, numbers, and 23
abbreviations varies somewhat. In some cases you have a choice
between adding -s or -'s, although the trend is increasingly to add
-s alone: three As or three A's; the ABCs or the ABC's; the 1900s or
the 1900's; PhDs or PhD's; several IOUs or several IOU's. With
lowercase letters, symbols, abbreviations with periods, and in cases
where confusion might arise without an apostrophe, use -'s to form
the plural: p's and q's; +'s; -'s; M.A.'s; A's and I's; 2's. Mainly
your goal is to be as clear as possible and avoid confusion.
> >From http://www.ous.pdx.edu/FRINQ_Goals/paradigm/punctuat.htm:
If you go back a little from the above ilnk and instead go to:
You'll find links to even more related information, such as on the topic
of the possessive form of singular nouns:
> The plural of Russ is Russes.
> Russ's snowshoes (belonging to Russ)
> The Russes' snowshoes (belonging to the two or more people all named Russ)
> The plural of MTA would be MTA's.
It can be, but more commonly it is, as I said "MTAs" thus reserving the
apostrophe form for something possessed by an MTA. [yes the pun is
Greg A. Woods
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