Should the following sentence have an apostrophe after 'Games'? I feel like it should as it's referring to plural 'games'.

More tickets were applied for than at all previous Paralympic Games combined.

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    There is no need for an apostrophe, since it's used to indicate possession. Nov 26, 2015 at 12:13
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    @Rathony - what was so bad in including the full sentence in the title? I did it because I thought that that would make it easier for users to know right away what the question is about. Nov 26, 2015 at 12:24
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    @Rathony - Why do you think it doesn't look good? It would help a new English learner to know why you think it isn't good. It looks fine to me.
    – stangdon
    Nov 26, 2015 at 17:21
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    @Rathony The sentence looks fine to me too. Still I think it should have been "More tickets were applied for than at all the previous Paralympic Games combined."
    – user25493
    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:09
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    @Rathony It does. or maybe it doesn't, as it looks fine to the native speaker. :) PS - I am not a native speaker.
    – user25493
    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:13

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Apostrophes are to be used only for possession and not plural So, answering your question, no.

Although, there are exceptions, check out this for more information on apostrophe usage!

  • Apostrophes are used to pluralize numbers, alphabets, or acronyms.
    – user24743
    Nov 26, 2015 at 12:32
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    Clearly in this case, it wasn't a number @Rathony
    – Caroffrey
    Nov 26, 2015 at 12:32
  • Your answer might be misleading as you didn't specify its usage and do you think the sentence is all right?
    – user24743
    Nov 26, 2015 at 12:33
  • Thanks for the answers. And no, I didn't write this sentence myself. I saw it on a website.
    – Shiro
    Nov 26, 2015 at 14:02
  • @DuncanCarr Can you post the link? I can't find the sentence.
    – user24743
    Nov 26, 2015 at 15:09

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