Post by Grammer Professor on Jul 4, 2007 19:18:21 GMT -5
Either ALJs or ALJ’s is technically correct.
From a leading grammer text.......
The traditional style of pluralizing single letters with the addition of ’s (for example, B’s come after A’s) was extended to some of the earliest initialisms, which tended to be written with periods to indicate the omission of letters; some writers still pluralize initialisms in this way. Additionally, because an apostrophe can stand for missing letters, an abbreviation of compact discs, for example, can logically be rendered CD’s. Some style guides continue to require such apostrophes—perhaps partly to make it clear that the lower case s is only for pluralization and would not appear in the singular form of the word, for some acronyms and abbreviations do include lower case letters.
However, it has become common among many writers to inflect initialisms as ordinary words, using simple s, without an apostrophe, for the plural. In this case, compact discs becomes CDs. The logic here is that the apostrophe should be restricted to possessives: for example, the CD’s label (the label of the compact disc).
From, Clear and Concise Writing for the OHA Scrivener and Parascrivener. WestLaw Publishing. 2004.
Post by ALJ candidate on Jul 4, 2007 19:59:40 GMT -5
Grammar parolee wrote
Numerous posters here and elsewhere add a ' before the s in aljs. Most of the time it is used in a non-possessive sense and is therefore inaccurate. Such an egregious grammar error would penalize you on an exam.
So, Grammer Teach., are you saying I won't necessarily flunk the written exam for ALJ's [emphasis added] just because I say ALJ's and not ALJs ? If that is true then I guess Grammar parolee better call his mother and tell her he will never be a grammar professor.
As for rules of capitalization, the ALJ's in my office require writers to refer to them in decisions as ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES, making the issue of whether or not to capitalize initial letters moot.
Better to keep your yap shut than to open it and remove all doubt, you dope:
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source gram·mar /ˈgræmər/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[gram-er] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun 1. the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed; morphology and syntax. 2. these features or constructions themselves: English grammar. 3. an account of these features; a set of rules accounting for these constructions: a grammar of English. 4. Generative Grammar. a device, as a body of rules, whose output is all of the sentences that are permissible in a given language, while excluding all those that are not permissible. 5. prescriptive grammar. 6. knowledge or usage of the preferred or prescribed forms in speaking or writing: She said his grammar was terrible. 7. the elements of any science, art, or subject. 8. a book treating such elements.
What is missed is that the bad advice WAS A not so subtle attempt to screw up the written exams by the idiots who rely on this board for guidance. Go ahead and use inappropriate apostrophes (you can't go wrong without one for the plural aljs but you take your chance with one as alj's and see what happens) and do misspell grammar if you get the chance. How would you use a plural possessive with your alj's b/t/w: alj's' - try that, it will get you noticed ? Let's hope that those laptops have a built in spell check/grammar program for some of you!
If you are a fedro in D.C. the fix is in; just don't be too obvious in your writing. The agency is setting up a new location, so they can legally tell AALJ to pack sand as far as their transfer list goes. Just be prepared to do a lot of video hearings with raw files and if, you will agree to write some of your own decisions, say 90 of the 100 per month - for this year, you will be just the right kind of person the agency wants, with a 55% grant rate.