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    apostrophe

    Is it recommended to use apostrophe after the acronyms of organizations or not?

    UN's facilities or UN facilities

    EU's activities or EU activities

    Thank you for your help


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    Re: apostrophe

    It depends on whether the acronym is being used as an adjective, or in the possessive:

    The UN facilities in Geneva...
    versus
    The UN's decision to withdraw its troops from...


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    Re: apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    It depends on whether the acronym is being used as an adjective, or in the possessive:

    The UN facilities in Geneva...
    versus
    The UN's decision to withdraw its troops from...

    Thank you, but I still don't quite understand the difference. For example, I am working for an organization called RACVIAC as a translator and editor. I need to correct texts and I am always wondering whether to put the apostrophe or not. I'll give you a couple of examples:

    RACVIAC('s) mission
    RACVIAC('s) Director
    RACVIAC('s) activities
    RACVIAC('s) facilities

    If you clear this out for me, I and my colleagues will be ever grateful


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    Re: apostrophe

    RACVIAC's mission is the relief of suffering... This is possessive

    The others are usually regarded as being adjectives:
    RACVIAC Director Heinz Klinkerhof stated...
    RACVIAC activities in the area of famine relief have...
    RACVIAC facilities have been updated to......
    The RACVIAC facilities at their Bonn headquarters have been updated to include...
    Last edited by David L.; 10-Mar-2009 at 09:33.

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