RE: User's, Users, Users'

Subject: RE: User's, Users, Users'
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 12:21:21 -0400


>Now my question is that an apostrophe is used to indicate letters that
been
left out in a contraction, like couldn't, right?

And possessives.

>Look at this sentence fragment: "Most SMEs agree...." To me that looks

wrong. I think it should be: "Most SME's agree...."

SMEs/SME's is not possessive in this case; it's plural. So, the question
is, do you mean SMEes or not? If you mean SMEes, then SME's is a
contraction. Otherwise, add s not 's for the plural.

Cheers,

Sean

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Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
http://www.haestad.com
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)



-----Original Message-----
From: Allen Schaaf [mailto:soundbyte -at- sound-by-design -dot- com]
<snip>

Look at this sentence fragment: "Most SMEs agree...." To me that looks
wrong. I think it should be: "Most SME's agree...." But that doesn't
seem
right either as it looks like a singular possessive and that does not
match
with "agree." And "Most SMEs' agree...." is clearly wrong because it is
a
plural possessive, not an indication of a contraction as the apostrophe
is
external to where the letters are left out.

Suggestions?
<snip>


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