Is it January's schedule or January schedule?

I also get confused with whether to include an apostrophe before "bill."

This is my January bill or January's bill.

  • Google shows error and recommends using 'January schedule' instead of 'January's schedule'. – Dhanishtha Ghosh Jan 10 at 19:02
  • @DhanishthaGhosh And Google's Ngram Viewer finds no results for "January's schedule", but many results for "January schedule". Grammar checkers are notoriously inaccurate because what is correct in a particular instance is very dependent on the context. It's much more complex than "January's X" is always preferred over "January X". – ColleenV Jan 10 at 20:04
  • True. I looked in the Google Ngram for finding relevant results. When I found none, I thought of not linking it, since it will be pretty useless. – Dhanishtha Ghosh Jan 10 at 20:09
  • @DhanishthaGhosh My point is that Google saying it is an error is just as useless. – ColleenV Jan 11 at 17:29

Both are correct and idiomatic.

Your choice depends on the construction:

January's schedule is likely to be busy.

Here January is used with a possessive apostrophe, as in winter's cold.


The January schedule this year is likely to be busy.

Here January is used as an attributive or adjectival noun to modify schedule, as in winter clothing or history lesson.

Which you prefer to use just depends on the context and your preferences.


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