We're having an argument in my office.  I say:  Library Speakers Series has no apostrophe on Speakers.  Others say it does have one.  I say there's no possession.  It's actually the "series of speakers," not that the series belongs to the speakers.  Who's right?  Thanks.  Sharon

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sharon posted:

I say:  Library Speakers Series has no apostrophe on Speakers.  Others say it does have one.  I say there's no possession.  It's actually the "series of speakers," not that the series belongs to the speakers. 

Hi, Sharon,

Since you are clear that you you don't wish the phrase to indicate that the series belongs to the speakers, I agree with you that it makes more sense without the apostrophe.

Even the plural (speakers) is unnecessary, though it is not incorrect. Traditionally, attributive nouns were used in the singular even with there was plural meaning. Now it is common to see both types. Thus, you could say:

the library speaker series
compare: the fairy tale series
the superhero novel series

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