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Misusing Apostrophes for Plurals

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An apostrophe is used for indicating possession or ownership. "The house's roof" means "roof belonging to the house".

Apostrophes are almost never used to form plurals. The plural of "house" is houses, not house's.

Apostrophes are only used to form plurals of letters: "dotting the i's and crossing the t's", "minding your P's and Q's". However, some style manuals recommend italicizing without apostrophes: "dotting the is and crossing the ts", "minding your Ps and Qs".

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