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  1. Newbie
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    Do's and don'ts

    The apostrophe in don't is short for 'do not' but why have the apostrophe in do's?

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    Re: Do's and don'ts

    Where did you see "do's"?


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    Re: Do's and don'ts

    Can you put it into a sentence to show us how you think it might be used?

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    Smile Re: Do's and don'ts

    Quote Originally Posted by angus View Post
    The apostrophe in don't is short for 'do not' but why have the apostrophe in do's?
    Do and don't act as nouns here, so to make them plural you add s. There's no need to use the apostrophe with s after do and don't, but do's and don'ts is also acceptable.

    Last edited by engee30; 21-Sep-2008 at 01:57. Reason: apostrophe wrongly put

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    Re: Do's and don'ts

    Sorry - it was in your title

    The new students were given the do's and don'ts of campus living.

    Yes - this is a noun. The 's is acceptable. Perhaps for clarity.

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