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Write the Right Word: 4-H’er

If you are shortening “4-H member,” the correct way is “4-H’er.”

Note the apostrophe goes between “4-H” and “er.” That’s because the apostrophe replaces the “memb” portion of “member.”

For example: “Jane Smith has been a 4-H’er for four years.”

When referring to more than one 4-H member, simply add an “s” to 4-H’er. You do not need another apostrophe before or after the “s.” For instance: “Four 4-H’ers were selected to attend the national conference.”

Ellen Crawford, information specialist, (701) 231-5391

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