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    apostrophe in plural dates

    I found an online poll having the discussion as follow :

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    Do you use an apostrophe in plural dates?

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    2. 1962s'
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    Do we have 1962s? I thought there's only one the year of 1962?


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    Re: apostrophe in plural dates

    I don't recall ever seeing such a formulation. We do have "the 60s" or "the 90s" to refer to a decade or era.

    I suppose you could talk about how 1962's new cars were spectacular, but that is unusual.

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    Re: apostrophe in plural dates

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    1960s or 1960's is quite common to describe the decade of the years 1960-1969. Never heard of 1962's either.

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    Re: apostrophe in plural dates

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    1960s or 1960's is quite common to describe the decade of the years 1960-1969. Never heard of 1962's either.
    I strongly recommend NOT using the apostrophe in the 1960s. There's no need for it.

    I suppose if you're writing a science fiction book and there are numerous parallel universes, you can have many 1962s, but otherwise, it's not going to be plural.

    Apostrophes do NOT form plurals with the exception of a few non-words, like "He got all A's on his report card," so it doesn't look like the word "As."
    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: apostrophe in plural dates

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I strongly recommend NOT using the apostrophe in the 1960s. There's no need for it.

    I suppose if you're writing a science fiction book and there are numerous parallel universes, you can have many 1962s, but otherwise, it's not going to be plural.

    Apostrophes do NOT form plurals with the exception of a few non-words, like "He got all A's on his report card," so it doesn't look like the word "As."
    Yes I know that. I'd not use 1960's either. This is widely used though it is "bad language" (according to the rules).
    "CD's" is another bad example in my opinion.

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    Re: apostrophe in plural dates

    I avoid apostrophes for plural as much as possible. Mind your P's and Q's is a case like Barb's A's where it might help. I can't see the need with CD or decades.

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