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    Acronyms

    Hi,

    If an acronym ends with '-S', does it have its plural form different to the singular one?

    Thanks
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    Re: Acronyms

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    Hi,

    If an acronym ends with '-S', does it have its plural form different to the singular one?

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    Joe
    Can you give us an example please?

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    Re: Acronyms

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Can you give us an example please?
    For example, GCS - I've thought it up. Let it be the acronym of 'general certificate of studies'.

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    Re: Acronyms

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    For example, GCS - I've thought it up. Let it be the acronym of 'general certificate of studies'.
    I've now edited my previous answer. I had been referring to an old source but having done more research, have now found more sources which say that only in the case of acronyms ending in "s" do we add an apostrophe and an "s" in order to create the plural.
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    Re: Acronyms

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    For example, GCS - I've thought it up. Let it be the acronym of 'general certificate of studies'.
    NOT A TEACHER

    singular GCS
    plural GCS's

    This is the general rule for acronyms that end on "s" - to my understanding. If it doesn't end on "s", leave out the apostrophe.
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    Re: Acronyms

    *edited post as a consequnce of editing the quoted part*

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    Re: Acronyms

    Not a teacher

    This is common:

    Acronym Singular: ACS
    Acronym Plural: ACSs

    The apostrophe is also being used to form possessive forms for acronyms:

    Plural: CDs
    Possessive Sing: CD's
    Possessive Plu.: CDs'

    Waiting for a more learned opinion,

    M.
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    Re: Acronyms

    Thanks, it's absolutely clear now.
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    Re: Acronyms

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Not a teacher

    This is common:

    Acronym Singular: ACS
    Acronym Plural: ACSs

    The apostrophe is also being used to form possessive forms for acronyms:

    Plural: CDs
    Possessive Sing: CD's
    Possessive Plu.: CDs'

    Waiting for a more learned opinion,

    M.

    Your opinion is quite learned enough for me, Manny.

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