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    #1

    to apostrophe or not the ending " 's" in plurals of abbreviations?

    How would be more correct to indicate plural "s" in the end of abbreviations in a (technical) article:
    1a)
    pro's and con's
    1b)
    pros and cons
    1c)
    pro and contras?
    1d)
    ?

    2a)
    CMSs
    2b)
    CMS-es
    2c)
    CMS's
    2d)

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    Re: to apostrophe or not the ending " 's" in plurals of abbreviations?

    I could not submit hyperlinks, now it is 5th post...
    So, I am ending with beginning I cut to post...

    I have read somewhere (probably in this site) that plurals of abbreviations, like
    CMS (Content Management System) are better to denote by ending "s" but not " 's " (with perpending apostrophe), i.e. to write CMSs, but not CMS's or CMS-es because apostrophe indicates possession (by devil?).

    What about "pro's and con's"?
    I see it ubiquitously.Even more, top search (google) by "pro and
    "pro's and con's" search gives 106 000 000 results
    "pros and cons" search gives 21,700,000
    Last edited by vgv8; 20-Dec-2010 at 09:44. Reason: confused the end with beginning

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    Re: to apostrophe or not the ending " 's" in plurals of abbreviations?

    I would write

    pros and cons

    CMSs

    Rover

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