use of apostrophe

Subject: use of apostrophe
From: Liz -dot- Goodwin -at- ametek -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 15:18:01 -0500

mw wrote:
<I am trying to convince some developers that an
<apostrophe is for use for a contraction or to show
<possession. They are of the impression that the
<plural form of acronyms also needs an apostrophe. MoS
<and I say no.

<These are the examples:

<The SKUs will need to be determined.

<The PCs will be shipped in separate boxes.

As someone who taught English to 7th and 8th graders for 10 years back in
the 60's and 70's, originally we always used the apostrophe for acronyms
and for numbers (60's and 70's). However, in more recent times, the
apostrophe has been eliminated. My husband is a proofreaer for a law firm
and they never use the apostrophe in those cases anymore - nor do I in my
techical writing.

Liz Goodwin
Technical Writer, Dycor
liz -dot- goodwin -at- ametek -dot- com

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