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Write the Right Word: Plurals of Single Letters

When you are referring to more than one of a single letter, you need to insert an apostrophe between the letter and the “s.” This rule applies whether you are using lowercase or uppercase single letters.

For example: “Mind your p’s and q’s.” Or this: “My favorite team is the Oakland A’s.”

However, do not use an apostrophe when referring to the plural of multiple letters. For example: “He learned his ABCs.” Or this: “A number of VIPs attended the company picnic.”

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

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