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Alansmithee
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Error on the website

You know where it says (under usage)
Check how many GB's you've used this month

It should be "Check how many GBs you've used this month"
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RPMozley
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Re: Error on the website

Well... Yes and no. Apostrophes can be used to shorten words, so some may say that is grammatically correct. When you look at it with the usual apostrophe s uses it probably doesn't look right. Probably just a case of personal preference?
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Re: Error on the website

I'm with the OP here - seeing apostrophes used for plurals (even plurals of abbreviations or acronyms) really annoys me (I know - 'get a life') but I was taught that apostrophes don't belong in plurals.
I'm fed up with seeing shops advertising 'CD's', 'DVD's' etc. (I've even seen 'grape's' on a market stall) and I think it's just plain wrong, a sign of poor educational standards or just sloppy use of the language.
I'm not perfect, and don't claim to be, but I do try to follow the rules I was taught.
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Re: Error on the website

I tend to agree with w23. I think it actually reflects on the way that English is taught in schools, but that's a whole new ball-game for the Chit-Chat board.
ckcomputing
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Re: Error on the website

It is ALWAYS grammatically incorrect to use an apostrophe for the plural of a word. So, agree with OP, W23 and Anotherone.
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Re: Error on the website

Alansmithee
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Re: Error on the website

Quote from: RPMozley
Well... Yes and no. Apostrophes can be used to shorten words, so some may say that is grammatically correct. When you look at it with the usual apostrophe s uses it probably doesn't look right. Probably just a case of personal preference?

There is no word to shorten - it is simply an incorrect use of an apostrophe.
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Re: Error on the website

Great Link AndyH and also confirms what I've maintained about apostrophes with periods of time to people:
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use apostrophes with noun phrases denoting periods of time
He took a week’s holiday.
You must give three months’ notice.

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Re: Error on the website

+1 for request to correct the webpage!
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Re: Error on the website


Now all that needs to be done is persuade the great unwashed the error in writing :-
it's connection fails.....
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Re: Error on the website

Quote from: Mav
...confirms what I've maintained about apostrophes with periods of time to people:
That is obvious as ' a week's' means 'of a week'. Grin
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Re: Error on the website

I notice Plusnet are quietly ignoring this!
Superuser
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Re: Error on the website

Perhaps they regard other topics as higher priority. Plenty of those to respond to today.
David
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Don't take a minute to make a quick comment that it's noted and will be passed on to the Web Team!!
Heloman
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Re: Error on the website

Agree with the OP.
I'm a big fan of the book by Lynne Truss , "Eats, Shoots and Leaves".
"A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" !