"Straight A's" or "straight As"? I've been taught either way... any clarification?
And to clarify why it should be As instead of A's:
You use 's to show possession (it's called a possessive apostrophe) and indicates possession (eg. "The kid's hamster was cute").
In your sentence however we just have to pluralize "A", which we do with just adding "s" to the end.
But I do get the confusion, because the sentence looks like you just capitalized a random word in the sentence - if you don't know the context.
Isn't that just a thinly veiled ad hominem against people who think the usage "A's" is preferable?
It sounds like you're just saying smart people can figure it out as a way to brush off clarity concerns by other people who may be equally smart, but find the lack of apostrophe unaesthetic.
What I am saying is that I would entirely avoid the issue, but if I was forced to write a sentence with A's or As included, I would go for As. As it is grammatically correct, whereas A's is not.
And yes, I do think it is an aesthetic thing as well. A's is ugly as all hell. No reason to clutter the text.
except it fucks up in certain situations. Namely, if the "As" comes as the first word in the sentence.
"As across the board, congrats anon!" this is shit.
"A's across the board, etc" is better.
regardless this is a nonissue and won't hold my attention much longer.
The apostrophe has long been used to denote a break in speech such as a glottal stop or as a typographical element used to explain difficult things in text such as 60's or A's.
The first quote in the OED for the sense of A as a grade is from the Harvard Advocate of 1896:
"Not a whit deterred by the fact of three E's and two D's at the mid years, she set out to make Harris take five A's at the finals."
The OED has several quotations for
what a faggot you are. changing the rules to fit your own little world is the definition of autism, idiot. It's only unclear if you are an utter retard so perhaps that explains why you need the change to figure it out
Naivete is never attractive anon
except the addition of an apostrophe is a consideration on the part of the reader, not the writer.
by being all up your own ass about not having apostrophes as per this discussion you're making the reader's task more difficult in favor of your own stylistic preferences: autism by your own definition. Get hoisted by yer own petard, 'tard.
Not my definition, I did not define autism. And it is not more difficult for the reader, because, as I have said many times, I would simply not use it if there was any confusion to be had.
I do not want to make a grammatically incorrect sentence to accommodate the fact that many people incorrectly use apostrophes.
Also, this is not me, which you seem to assume it is.
Like it or not, you fool, we build our relations with everything external, especially social constructs, from within by values we give to outside properties, meaning we attach an objective judgement on things then incorporate that into our outlooks on the outside. Subjectivity only comes into play when you abstractly formulate notions of Others' own objectivity and the resultant doubtfulness of the truth of your own values in relation to that. In short, you can only call me naive in that aspect from a position of ignorance.
people have been spelling 'your' as 'yer' for years too. Is that an equally correct spelling family? People can do whatever they want to do with language, doesn't mean it's the correct way to use it or that there aren't general rules to language... which can be broken. The difference is that we approach autism when someone (you) claims the way that follows the basic rules is the wrong way and the way which breaks them is the right way. And we enter the deepest autism when one claims that any other way is autistic because muh 'it looks le better this way xD' or 'I le can't le understand it the other le way xD'
Stellar damage control, friendo. Check this picture, I think it may help you deal with being a retard.
>Is that an equally correct spelling family
all judgements are ultimately arbitrary.
in the context of a classroom, "yer" would likely be marked incorrect in all but perhaps creative writing classes.
in the context of mocking an idiot on a nepalese poodle grooming forum, yer was best because I aimed to rustle yr jimmies.
Here are the top five Google results for 'apostrophe single letter. One of them has an infographic that's almost hostile enough for /lit/:
All of them say you either can or should use an apostrophe here. (It's a little more strongly a Should if the letter is lowercase, but none say you should not use one in OP's uppercase case.)
I'm not advocating against the apostrophe use but three of those sources, particularly the Oxford English Dictionary, are well-known for being systematically against the traditional grammar and the normative rules. In years of existence, the latter's blog has never been in favor of a strict usage, ruling in favor of the preposition-starting sentences, the double negative and so on.
Suppose 'As' is at the start of a sentence. I am a proponent of the apostrophe for sure. Consider this sentence:
As are very important in school
A's are very important in school
Regardless of if you would word it differently (I would too) its still a possible sentence and so should have a correct form