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March 9, 2012 / Kelly

How to Properly Punctuate Plural Letters

How to Make Letters Plural


Add: ‘s

Examples: p‘s and q‘s the three R‘s Oakland A‘s

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A’s Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I teach two of the three R’s:

readin’ and ‘ritin’.

(Wonder what’s up with apostrophes? See my post about three uses for the apostrophe.)


Add: s

Examples: ABCs IOUs VIPs

I learned my ABCs from watching Sesame Street.


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  1. professorgirl / Jan 13 2013 9:11 pm

    This one. I think! Man, this really IS confusing! I made a couple of changes to the other post to clarify what I meant. I’ll look it up in the next couple of days. Apostrophes, you win again, aagh!

  2. Laura / Jan 13 2013 11:33 am

    Your examples ABCs, IOUs and VIPs (which are abbreviations or initialisms, not acronyms, which are pronounceable as words) contradicts what you say in your post on the three uses of apostrophes. Which is correct?

  3. professorgirl / Jul 22 2011 8:25 am

    Aah–good point! There are always exceptions to the rules, huh? In grammar and in life! đŸ™‚

  4. Stan / Jul 22 2011 6:33 am

    That’s useful general advice. It gets trickier with stops, e.g., Ph.D.: Some people insist on an apostrophe in the plural, others believe it makes more sense to omit it. Grey areas, eh!

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