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    I saw a sign outside a clinic that said two new female doctor's...that's a fail isnt it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudMumma34 View Post
    I saw a sign outside a clinic that said two new female doctor's...that's a fail isnt it??
    I can't see the fail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    I can't see the fail?
    No apostrophe required

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    Total fail.

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    Ok, so if it was written as 'two new female Dr's ' that would be correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    Ok, so if it was written as 'two new female Dr's ' that would be correct?
    Nope. A plural doesn't require an apostrophe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    Ok, so if it was written as 'two new female Dr's ' that would be correct?
    Some style manuals allow for apostrophes in plurals of acronyms. So CD's, FAQ's etc. the same applies to plurals of numbers and letters, eg "mind your p's and q's". But these days it's generally considered safest to avoid using apostrophes for plurals in all instances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    Some style manuals allow for apostrophes in plurals of acronyms. So CD's, FAQ's etc. the same applies to plurals of numbers and letters, eg "mind your p's and q's". But these days it's generally considered safest to avoid using apostrophes for plurals in all instances.
    CD and FAQ are initialisms, not acronyms

    One exception is "a" as in "how many a's are there in the word apostrophe". Without the apostrophe it would be the word "as" and would be too confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post

    One exception is "a" as in "how many a's are there in the word apostrophe". Without the apostrophe it would be the word "as" and would be too confusing.
    The same should apply to i & u then... but I can't imagine a time that you would ever write down such a question (especially without a question mark) as the answer is rather obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    Ok, so if it was written as 'two new female Dr's ' that would be correct?
    The apostrophe isn't required.
    Two new doctor's what? Written like this suggests possession and that the sentence is not complete.

    To avoid confusion it would have been better to write "two new female doctors" rather than the shortened version.


 

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