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    Writing Rules: Forming plurals of Symbols, Letters, Numbers, and Words Discussed as Words

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    The plurals of symbols, letters, numbers, and words discussed as words are formed by adding an apostrophe and an s.

    Using &'s, @'s, and %'s in place of the words and, at, and percent will save room in this report. Don't forget to cross your t's. And, avoid using too many and's in your writing.

    Note: It is permissible to omit the apostrophe when the omission does not cause confusion, but be consistent. Also, spelled-out numbers do not require an apostrophe.

    DVD's or DVDs
    fives and sixes

    (From Write for Business, page 210, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 22)