twittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailtwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

kathyide

Hi! I’m Kathy Ide. In addition to being a published author, I’m a full-time professional freelance editor. For CAN, I’m blogging about tips for writers based on the manuscripts I edit.

Using an Apostrophe in Plural Words

Do not use an apostrophe for most plurals. Examples:

dos and don’ts

no ifs, ands, or buts

the 1980s

the Joneses

maybes

yeses and nos

thank-yous

Molly got three As and two Cs.

Five Toms, four Dicks, and three Harrys

I had to go to two DMVs to get my license renewed.

Exception: To avoid confusion, pluralize single lowercase letters by adding apostrophe-s. Examples:

a’s and b’s

 x’s and y’s

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinrssyoutubeFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinrssyoutube

About Kathy Ide

Kathy Ide, author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, has written books, articles, short stories, devotionals, play scripts, and Sunday school curriculum. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a five-book novel series. Kathy is a full-time freelance editor/proofreader/mentor for new writers, established authors, and book publishers. She speaks at writers’ conferences across the country. Kathy is the founder and director of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network (www.TheChristianPEN.com) and the Christian Editor Connection (www.ChristianEditor.com). For more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

Comments are closed.

Post Navigation