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    Default Plurals (apostrophe)

    Hello dear all,

    In my Grammar book it's written that:

    Plural
    An apostrophe (') is sometimes used before the S in the plurals of abbreviations.
    Like:
    MP's, CD's OR (more often) MPs, CDs.

    This is my question: If MP's, CD's are correct then can we say that Friends=Friend's?

    I mean, as you know, the plural form of Friend, is Friends. Then according to the above explanation, can we say that
    the plural form of Friend can also be Friend's or only Friends is correct?

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    Default Re: Plurals (apostrophe)

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello dear all,

    In my Grammar book it's written that:

    Plural
    An apostrophe (') is sometimes used before the S in the plurals of abbreviations.
    Like:
    MP's, CD's OR (more often) MPs, CDs.

    This is my question: If MP's, CD's are correct then can we say that Friends=Friend's?

    I mean, as you know, the plural form of Friend, is Friends. Then according to the above explanation, can we say that
    the plural form of Friend can also be Friend's or only Friends is correct?
    No. The (sometimes) accepted usage of an apostrophe to pluralise abbreviations or acronyms does not refer to common or proper nouns.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Plurals (apostrophe)

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello dear all,

    In my Grammar book it's written that:

    Plural
    An apostrophe (') is sometimes used before the S in the plurals of abbreviations.
    Like:
    MP's, CD's OR (more often) MPs, CDs.

    This is my question: If MP's, CD's are correct then can we say that Friends=Friend's?

    I mean, as you know, the plural form of Friend, is Friends. Then according to the above explanation, can we say that
    the plural form of Friend can also be Friend's or only Friends is correct?
    Is "friend" an abbreviation?

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    Default Re: Plurals (apostrophe)

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello dear all,

    In my Grammar book it's written that:

    Plural
    An apostrophe (') is sometimes used before the S in the plurals of abbreviations.
    Like:
    MP's, CD's OR (more often) MPs, CDs.

    This is my question: If MP's, CD's are correct then can we say that Friends=Friend's?

    I mean, as you know, the plural form of Friend, is Friends. Then according to the above explanation, can we say that
    the plural form of Friend can also be Friend's or only Friends is correct?
    The use of apostrophes in the pluralization of abbreviations (and also years) was originally developed to avoid confusion. These days, it has become more common to simply add a small s after abbreviations that are all capital letters (and years) because there really is not a problem with confusion.

    The meaning is clear with CDs, MPs, 1980s, LEDs, etc. However, there is a problem with lower case letters, as in: There are four i's in "Mississippi". Without the apostrophe, it would be: There are four is in "Mississippi", with is spelling the word "is". This convention does not apply to regular words.

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