do’s and don’ts vs dos and don’ts : Common Errors in English

About do’s and don’ts vs dos and don’ts

One unusual use of apostrophes is to mark plurals of words when they are being treated as words, as in “pro’s and con’s,” although plain old “pros and cons” without apostrophes is fine. But “don’t” already has one apostrophe in it, and adding another looks awkward in the phrase “do’s and don’t’s,” so people wind up being inconsistent and writing “do’s and don’ts.” This makes no logical sense. You can also skip the extra apostrophes and write “dos and don’ts,” unless you’re afraid that “dos” will remind your readers of MS-DOS (but that unlamented operating system is fast becoming a distant memory).

do’s and don’ts in News

  • Chemist Direct helps expectant mothers through pregnancy

    Chemist Direct Pharmacist Omar El-Gohary advises on the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy & conception to help ensure the experience is a happy & healthy one. (PRWeb June 10, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 10, 2013 Source: PRWeb

dos and don’ts in News

  1. A calming moment

    <p>The peace and tranquility of an afternoon is reflected in this photograph taken by Sampson Community College Digital Dos and Don’ts photography student Pam Futrell on the Outer Banks.</...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Sampson Independent

  2. Class teaches kids to be good babysitters

    Everything you would ever want to know about babysitting was taught in a “Babysitting Beginnings” class hosted by Texas AgriLife and North Texas Medical Center (NTMC) on Monday. The class taught future babysitters the finer points of childcare as they learned responsibilities including babysitting dos and don’ts, sitter responsibilities, parent expectations, the business aspects of sitting and ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Gainesville Daily Register

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