Re: The Plural of RPM

Subject: Re: The Plural of RPM
From: foremangraphics -at- juno -dot- com
To: tom -dot- green -at- iwon -dot- com
Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 12:48:18 -0700

Tom -

I can foresee a time when you might want to use the plural of RPM. You
might say something on the order of "All standard RPMs are covered....
." The problem, as I see it, is the the use of the apostrophe. That makes
it a possessive and not a plural.

Just some more food for thought.

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On Tue, 2 May 2006 14:03:48 -0400 (EDT) "tom -dot- green -at- iwon -dot- com"
<tom -dot- green -at- iwon -dot- com> writes:
> I'm having a back-and-forth with an engineer about how to write more
> than one RPM. She wants to write, "RPM's." I freaked and said, "No,
> that would be saying, it's the Rotation Per Minute's problem."
> I know, it doesn't make sense.
> I want to simply write RPM, meaning Rotations Per Minute.
> Am I correct or is there another way?
> I also hate to apply the possessive to an inanimate object or a
> company for example, "IBM's net worth." Is there a rule about that,
> or is that just me?

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