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Jun 15 2018   4:54PM GMT

Plural and possessive acronyms

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

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In a lifecycle-focused API management platform, specific types of software manage each stage of the _____ lifecycle.

A. APIs
B. API’s


Answer: B

Plurals and possessives can be confusing when it comes to acronyms. A good rule of thumb is to use ‘s when the acronym is possessive and s when it’s plural.

In this sentence, the lifecycle belongs to the API. Therefore, the possessive ‘s is used. The plural of API is APIs.

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