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Are they Yes's and No's?
Marius HancuNever form a plural with 's. That's non-standard.Hi Marius
There is a grammatical school that accepts 's as an optional plural ending when the plural s is added to something other than a word:
in the 1990's / in the 1990s
They are MP's / MPs.
The apostrophe used to be quite common at least in BrE when I was young (in the early 17th century ) but has rapidly declined in popularity, I suppose with the British tendency not to use even commas and periods as much as is customary in AmE. I don't writein the 1990's myself but I live up to my signature: if anyone wants to use the apostrophe, let them.
Naturally I respect your opinion as well.
They are MP's / MPs.
I agree. Both versions are acceptable. I don't think anyone will say that you are wrong if you use the version with the apostrophe.
The difference, as you say, is whether what you are making plural is a WORD. I can't think of any time you would make a word plural with an apostrophe.
Jackson6612What are the plurals of the following words?Does that mean my suggestions Yes's and No's are wrong?
Jackson6612Does that mean my suggestions Yes's and No's are wrong?yes noun [C] ... "Have you had any replies yet?" "Six yeses and two noes so far."
Jackson6612Does that mean my suggestions Yes's and No's are wrong?According to M-W dictionary yes.
something more interesting would be...
I'm an Italian cat and I live in a box in a house in Italy, which is in Europe.
How many ins/in's are there in that sentence? There are four ins/in's.
I know you are a dog, but you can't chase a cat just because it's a cat and every cat has to be chased by a dog.
How many cat's/cats are there in that sentence? There are three cat's/cats.
Thre is probably no right answer to this question... the answer could be "People write those things the way they like them best... Right?
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