Tuesday, July 17, 2012

No Apostrophes when Referring to Decades

I always used to use an apostrophe when referring to a decade, such as the 1920's.  I first learned that there should never be an apostrophe when you refer to these dates in a college history class.  The professor said that when students use this apostrophe, he gets very annoyed; therefore it became one of his own grammar pet peeves.  I made sure when I created a research paper in his class I said "the 1920s."


  1. Wisely, you were sensitive to your audience's needs.

  2. I did not know that. I always thought you needed an apostrophe when referring to decades. I would have made sure I referred to the dates without an apostrophe as well when writing a paper for this teacher.