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Sorry, Daniel. You're dead wrong about using an apostrophe to indicate plurals (I notice you didn't say "plural's", so why would you use "and's" and "but's").

This particular phrase is a puzzler, with no felicitous rule that will satisfy everyone.

One might expect the plural of "do" to be "does", not "dos". Unfortunately, both constructions are easily misinterpreted. To make it even more confusing, "do" is a plural verb form; "does" is a singular verb form (unless used as a noun to indicate more than one female deer).

"Don't's" is simply wrong grammatically. However, it is tempting to use, if you have chosen "do's" as plural of "do" and want a parallel construction to complete the expression.

Simplest, and probably safest, is to do as pablocity suggests and use DOs and DON'Ts.

Ken December 14, 2010, 12:21am

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