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Guest:I used to be convinced that the plural did not take the apostrophe as it was not a possessive but I now see the apostrophe used in many places and am full of doubt. What is the correct usage?
There are road signs showing "H.G.V.'s only". Surely that can't be right?
Would the abbreviation of 'housepoints" be HPs of HP's?
If the apostrophe usage is correct then presumably we would see MP's rather than MPs and if this were the case, something belonging to a number of MPs would be MP's' or even MP's's rather than MPs'
Can someone please put me right and provide a recognized source so that I can go into battle.
seven MPs' hats.
Exceptions are usually made for the few cases where confusion is possible, the classic example being 'mind your p's and q's'.
Here is one [url="http://www.apostrophe.fsnet.co.uk/"]SOURCE[/url], and here's [url="http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_apost.html "]ANOTHER[/url]. Googling 'apostrophe' will get you several more, with slightly varying opinions, especially re numerals and acronyms.
S's?? "S"s?? (Surely not Ss.)
'Four s's, four i's and two p's, ' if I had to.
Anonymous:i would say:
mind your 'p's and 'q's (no apostrophes, inverted commas).
on another note, the general rule for apostrophes seems to be (from the links above) that they are not used with possessive pronouns (his, her, my, its), but does this also apply to 'one'? is it ones or one's?
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Anonymous:it is 1990's with an apostrophe
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