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    I have a client who is a jeweler. He wants me to put "The Four Cs" on his website.

    FYI - the Four Cs are cut, clarity, color, and carat - if you wanted to know.

    Anyway, he seems to think that the "C" needs an apostrophe ("The Four C's"). I told him that since they aren't possessive, the apostrophe is wrong.

    Who's right?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Not a teacher - quick question

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    I have a client who is a jeweler. He wants me to put "The Four Cs" on his website.

    FYI - the Four Cs are cut, clarity, color, and carat - if you wanted to know.

    Anyway, he seems to think that the "C" needs an apostrophe ("The Four C's"). I told him that since they aren't possessive, the apostrophe is wrong.

    Who's right?

    Thanks in advance
    No apostrophe.

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    Default Re: Not a teacher - quick question

    I think the answer depends on where your client is from, or what type of English they use.

    According to Lynn Truss (author of Eats Shoots & Leaves), the apostrophe is no longer used for plurals of abbreviations in British English. However, it is still the accepted convention in American English.

    Googling for:
    "4 C's" cut clarity carat color
    turns up 536,000 hits

    while

    "4 Cs" cut clarity carat color
    gives only 48,000 hits.

    As a speaker of American English, I would write 4 C's.

    Regards,
    Merentha

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    Funny. I get 900,00 for "4 Cs" and 250,000 for "4 C's"

    I agree with no apostrophe
    As in "The ABCs of emergency heart-lung resuscitation." not "The ABC's of..."

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