Using plurals with apostrophes might seem tricky at first, but once you see how to use them, it’s not as bad as you may think.
“What are plurals?”
Plurals are multiples – more than one – of anything – shoes, cars – words etc.
Apostrophes show plurals of letters, words and numbers such as:
- “There are now two 9’s in his phone number.”
- “You must learn your abc’s!”
- “Too many if’s and but’s in this scenario …”
- “Did you know how many o’s there are in Woolloomoolloo?”
There are many differing rules of apostrophe use – so don’t yell at me if you don’t agree with what I write 🙂
If you search the internet you will different opinions on the usage of apostrophes with numbers – this is now considered optional in the USA and UK, meaning some places don’t use the apostrophes with numbers. Remember that language in all countries changes and grows, and therefore rules may change depending on popular use.
One grammar book in the USA might not agree with another. The fact that you’re willing to investigate and learn is what’s key. Enjoy learning and find out what the local usage of plurals with apostrophes is. Have fun!