was first used in the sentence below grammatically correct? Do I use an apostrophe after 1300?
Toilet paper was first used in the 1300's.
Actually, you do use an apostrophe to make something plural when it is not a spelled out word. This includes numbers such as 1300, single letters as below, or even when a child learns his ABC's.
Mind your p’s and q’s, my dear!
|link||answered Jan 08 '12 at 18:09 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
Upon reading the answer provided by Patty, I did some online research. I did this because I was always taught never to use an apostrophe with years or uppercase letters, such as ABCs. Apparently, in American usage, it's ok to use an apostrophe when pluralizing years. The opposite is true in British usage. This is amusing to me since I'm American.
I suppose it's a style thing.
|link||answered Jan 08 '12 at 21:21 Jody M. Expert|
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