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    #1

    A vs. A's

    What is of mordern usage?

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    #2

    Re: A vs. A's

    In what context?

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    #3

    Re: A vs. A's

    Sorry, As vs. A's i.e the letter A in plural

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    #4

    Re: A vs. A's

    Quote Originally Posted by PINKGREAT View Post
    Sorry, As vs. A's i.e the letter A in plural
    As. We don't use apostrophes to form plurals.

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    #5

    Re: A vs. A's

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    As. We don't use apostrophes to form plurals.
    Right, though when I was at school many years ago, the use of the apostrophe was mandatory for the plurals of figures and letters, so you'll still see it.

    When we have single letters, there can be a problem, as what used to be written as 'two A's' is is now often written as 'two As'; we now have something that can be read as the word 'as'.

    Some people get round this by italicising the letters, but not the plural '-s': 'two As'.

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    #6

    Re: A vs. A's

    I have to disagree here. I am one of the most aggressive "don't put an 's on that!" people you'll meet for common nouns, but there are times when you need to do this to avoid confusion.

    When you are making plurals from things that are not common nouns, if adding the S without the 's might make it look like a different word, use the apostrophe.

    If there is no sense of confusion, then I completely agree, omit it.

    If you are talking about your report card, you can say "All As and Bs" because you know it's plural-A and plural-B.

    But if someone may think you mean the word "as" instead of plural-a, then go ahead and use the apostrophe.

    Clarity is the most important rule of all!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A vs. A's

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have to disagree here. I am one of the most aggressive "don't put an 's on that!" people you'll meet for common nouns, but there are times when you need to do this to avoid confusion.

    When you are making plurals from things that are not common nouns, if adding the S without the 's might make it look like a different word, use the apostrophe.

    If there is no sense of confusion, then I completely agree, omit it.

    If you are talking about your report card, you can say "All As and Bs" because you know it's plural-A and plural-B.

    But if someone may think you mean the word "as" instead of plural-a, then go ahead and use the apostrophe.

    Clarity is the most important rule of all!
    Actually, I agree with you intellectually. However, in reporting current conventions in written BrE, I think Bhaisahab is right.

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    #8

    Re: A vs. A's

    I maintain that regardless of whatever any style guide says (and Chicago and the AP are the ones I use most often), clarity trumps.

    Do whatever you need to do so your reader is not confused.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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