Education: Grammarphone

Dial Ufor Usage

Should you write "in the 1960s" or "in the 1960's"? Is it "a U.S. Representative" or "an U.S. Representative"? Where does the apostrophe go in "the Smiths' (or Smith's) car"?*Fifteen times a day, on the average, telephone callers put these questions to an Emporia State University English instructor with the appropriate name of Faye Vowell.

Vowell, who presides with consonance over the university's writing lab in Emporia, Kans., offers free guidance on a writer's hot line, a Dial-a-Grammarian service for students and anyone else who calls with a question about correct usage. Other such lines have sprung up lately...

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