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Question 1: The apostrophe  or  ' ) is a punctuation mark, and sometimes a diacritic mark, in languages that use the ________ or certain other alphabets.
Arabic alphabetLatin alphabetPhoenician alphabetRunic alphabet

Question 2: In his book Troublesome Words, author ________ lambasts Tesco for this, stating that "the mistake is inexcusable, and those who make it are linguistic Neanderthals."[49]
Down Under (book)Notes from a Small IslandI'm a Stranger Here Myself (book)Bill Bryson

Question 3: In modern usage, apostrophes are generally omitted when letters are removed from the start of a word, particularly for a ________.
Preposition and postpositionCompound verbCompound (linguistics)Inflection

Question 4: Where a business name is based on a family name, it may or may not take an apostrophe (compare Sainsbury's and ________), though in recent times there has been an increasing tendency to drop the apostrophe.
HarrodsGKNWoolworths GroupImperial Chemical Industries

Question 5: Misused apostrophes are often referred to as "greengrocers' apostrophes", "rogue apostrophes" or "idiot's apostrophes" (a literal translation of the German word Deppenapostroph which criticises the misapplication of apostrophes in ________).
American EnglishFranglaisEnglish languageDenglisch

Question 6: In 2009, a resident in ________ was accused of vandalism after he painted apostrophes on road signs which had incorrectly spelt St John's Close as St Johns Close.
MaidstonePaddock WoodSouthborough, KentRoyal Tunbridge Wells

Question 7: For example, one would write IP'en to mean "the ________".
IPv6Classless Inter-Domain RoutingIP addressIPv4

Question 8: The practice comes from the identical sound of the plural and possessive forms of most English ________.
NounPreposition and postpositionAdjectiveArticle (grammar)

Question 9: A double geresh (״), known by the plural form gershayim, is used to denote ________; it is inserted before (i.e., to the right of) the last letter of the acronym.
AbbreviationUnited StatesEnglish languageAcronym and initialism

Question 10: In Luganda, when a word ending with a ________ is followed by a word beginning with a vowel, the final vowel of the first word is elided and the initial vowel of the second word lengthened in compensation.
Close back rounded vowelVowelClose front unrounded vowelInternational Phonetic Alphabet

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