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    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me why there is a possessive 's' after "CD" in the following sentence?

    "Whose CDs are these?"

    Thanks a lot,
    Hela

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    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me why there is a possessive 's' after "CD" in the following sentence?

    "Whose CDs are these?"

    Thanks a lot,
    Hela
    It's not a possessive marker. It's a plural marker. Please note,

    To avoid confusion, use apostrophe -s with lower case letters when you want to express plural number, for example,

    EX: The word Mississippi has many s's and many i's.

    With capital letters use apostrophe -s only if there is a possibility of confusion.

    EX: As on a report card are wonderful. (Confusing)
    EX: A's on a report card are wonderful. (Not confusing)

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    Whose CDs are these? (OK without the apostrophe)
    Whose CD's are these? (OK, but the apostrophe is not necessary)

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    Some people add it in numbers- the 1970's, but again it is unnecssary: the 1970s.

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    Dear teachers,

    Thanks a lot for your explanations. Now I understand why there is an "'s" after CD.

    Best regards,
    Hela

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    You're welcome. :D

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