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    Question RE: Apostrophe After Abbreviation Question

    Hi folks,

    I have been trying to find out the correct grammatical way to express an abbreviated plural. So, whether or not to include an apostrophe as in the following example:
    "He owned a lot of DVD's."

    "He owned a lot of DVDs."

    As you can see, the former has an apostrophe while the latter does not. I have seen this expressed both ways, but I dare say this may possibly be a situation of 'US vs. UK' grammar.

    Many thanks in advance for any kind assistance offered here.

    Best,

    Paul
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    Re: Apostrophe After Abbreviation Question

    Resist the temptation to use an apostrophe even though many native speakers succumb.

    I think the trend is favoring my position (e.g., the correct one ), but that may be wishful thinking on my part.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Apostrophe After Abbreviation Question

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Resist the temptation to use an apostrophe even though many native speakers succumb.

    I think the trend is favoring my position (e.g., the correct one ), but that may be wishful thinking on my part.
    For me, I find (visually) it looks wrong without the apostrophe! Perhaps this is because there is a lower-case 's' following three 'capital' letters. Although I am not disagreeing with your kind advice (with I will take).
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    Re: Apostrophe After Abbreviation Question

    Quote Originally Posted by monsterjazzlicks View Post
    For me, I find (visually) it looks wrong without the apostrophe! Perhaps this is because there is a lower-case 's' following three 'capital' letters.
    So how then does adding an apostrophe make it look right?! If a punctuation point is unnecessary, it's nothing but distracting clutter.

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    Re: Apostrophe After Abbreviation Question

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    So how then does adding an apostrophe make it look right?! If a punctuation point is unnecessary, it's nothing but distracting clutter.
    Well, I meant that the apostrophe kind of adds a little (visual) separation between the three 'capitals' and the 's'.

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    Re: Apostrophe After Abbreviation Question

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    So how then does adding an apostrophe make it look right?! If a punctuation point is unnecessary, it's nothing but distracting clutter.
    Thinking about it now, yes, you are correct.

    The 's' is a part of the (latter) word "Disc'" and so definitely does not require an apostrophe. I mean, when taking the word/phrase out of it's abbreviated version, I can see where the correct punctuation was amiss.
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    Re: Apostrophe After Abbreviation Question

    Quote Originally Posted by monsterjazzlicks View Post
    Well, I meant that the apostrophe kind of adds a little (visual) separation between the three 'capitals' and the 's'.
    But there shouldn't be any separation of the noun and its "s" in a plural noun.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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