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    The 1970s(') music industry

    Hi,

    - The 1970s(') music industry was . . .

    I have searched for such a kind of usage on the forum, but I could not find any entries. Should I put an apostrophe in after 1970 or not.

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    Re: The 1970s(') music industry

    I usually wouldn't. But it would be fine either way.

    "The 1970s' music industry" means "The music industry belonging to the 1970s." That makes sense figuratively.

    "The 1970s music industry" means "The music industry of the 1970s." That's more direct and literal, and I think it's the way most people here in the U.S. would usually write it.

    It also depends on the context. So all in all, I wouldn't worry about it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The 1970s(') music industry

    Either 1970s or 1970's can be used to talk about that decade.

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    Re: The 1970s(') music industry

    Yup. And thanks to that post, we also now have 1970's'!

    (Call me the apostrophe apocalypse catastrophe apostle and I'll go postal.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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