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why is there no apostrophe in Veterans' Day? Grammar people.

Is this a stupid question? What am I missing? How should it be written?


Asked by jeanclaudia at 11:11 PM on Nov. 11, 2010 in Entertainment

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  • VETERANS' Day. The apostrophe comes after the word Veterans.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 12:00 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Because adding as s onto the end of a word makes it plural, adding an 's makes it possessive plural.
    Like "jeancluadia's answers" you are the noun so you get a possessive plural, whereas answers is just plural.
    Does that make any sense?

    Answer by an-apple-a-day at 11:15 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • Not a stupid question. The 's' is because it's not just one veteran, it's plural, but it's also possessive, so the apostrophe goes after the s. If it was possessive , but belonged to only one veteran, it would go before the s.

    Answer by ohwrite at 11:15 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • It does make sense but if you're talking about multiple vets wouldn't it be veterans' day or could it be both veteran's and veterans' day? when I see it everywhere, no one is adding the apostrophe. Anyway, thanks!

    Comment by jeanclaudia (original poster) at 11:19 PM on Nov. 11, 2010