ex. OS (Operative System) in PLURAL

English translation: OS or OSs

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English term or phrase:ex. OS (Operative System) in PLURAL
English translation:OS or OSs
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18:00 May 12, 2018
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Art/Literary - Linguistics / Plural of acronyms ending in \
English term or phrase: ex. OS (Operative System) in PLURAL
And, What to do in the case of acronyms ending in "S" like OS for example? "Many OS's" or "many OSs"?, and what if it is a plural possesive like "the OSs's function" or OS's' " ?

Which is the correct rule and the source of it?

PD :"OS" (Operative System) is only an example. I need a rule to use to other objects named with acronyms ending in S.

Thank you
VICTOR DANIEL P
Peru
Local time: 03:28
OS or OSs
Explanation:
The below will break down the various considerations based on the Amglish (American English/US language/American language), and English language (British English/England language). :)

OS = Operating System (Example Sentences = Microsoft Windows XP is an operating system. Microsoft Windows XP is an OS. This operating system is not free. This OS is not free.)

OSs = Operating Systems (Example Sentence = There are many operating systems in the world; such as DOS, Atari, Macintosh, Unix, Centos, Windows 8, and many dozens more, if not hundreds. There are many OSs in the world.)

OS's references something belonging to a single operating system.

OSs would correctly reflect proper grammar for a plural abbreviation of operating systems. Know that you will find OS being used as a plural form too; such as "some of these OS are no longer being supported". Based on the above logic, it is preferred to be "some of these OSs are no longer being supported".

For the rest:

Use apostrophes for plurals of abbreviations that have capital letters and periods: M.D.'s, C.P.A.'s. Also use apostrophes for plurals formed from single letters: He received A's and B's on his report card.


Hope this helps a little bit. :)
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Patricia Blanco
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:28
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4 +3OS or OSs
Patricia Blanco
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Ref.
Taña Dalglish

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OS or OSs


Explanation:
The below will break down the various considerations based on the Amglish (American English/US language/American language), and English language (British English/England language). :)

OS = Operating System (Example Sentences = Microsoft Windows XP is an operating system. Microsoft Windows XP is an OS. This operating system is not free. This OS is not free.)

OSs = Operating Systems (Example Sentence = There are many operating systems in the world; such as DOS, Atari, Macintosh, Unix, Centos, Windows 8, and many dozens more, if not hundreds. There are many OSs in the world.)

OS's references something belonging to a single operating system.

OSs would correctly reflect proper grammar for a plural abbreviation of operating systems. Know that you will find OS being used as a plural form too; such as "some of these OS are no longer being supported". Based on the above logic, it is preferred to be "some of these OSs are no longer being supported".

For the rest:

Use apostrophes for plurals of abbreviations that have capital letters and periods: M.D.'s, C.P.A.'s. Also use apostrophes for plurals formed from single letters: He received A's and B's on his report card.


Hope this helps a little bit. :)

Patricia Blanco
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:28
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Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in category: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Muriel Vasconcellos: And just as a side note, I always try to avoid the possessive apostrophe with abbreviations. In fact, the possessive "'s" is widely overused, IMHO.
29 mins

agree  Taña Dalglish: Muriel makes a very good point.
43 mins

agree  Jack Doughty
14 hrs

neutral  Yvonne Gallagher: when quoting, as here, you should include the link so full explanation can be seen: http://technotes.whw1.com/computer-related/operating-systems...
2 days 15 hrs
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Reference comments


11 mins peer agreement (net): +2
Reference: Ref.

Reference information:
I think Patricia could have just provided the link which would have made it easier (I am, of course, assuming that is where she got the information), and with more information:
http://technotes.whw1.com/computer-related/operating-systems...

Taña Dalglish
Jamaica
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  Patricia Blanco: Just trying to help summarising what's related to the question, and added a last bit for the other question for general rules. True, I could have posted the link as well for the first question. Did it quickly and didn't attach it.
9 mins
  -> Thanks Patricia. I provided as the Asker specifically requested the source, but thanks. I will agree with your proposal.
agree  MPGS: :-)
26 mins
  -> Thank you MPGS.
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