[Python-Dev] Spelling check: more typos

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 06:09:43 -0400

Fredrik Lundh <fredrik@pythonware.com>:
> > Isn't one the noun (licence) and one the verb (license)?  (mind you
> > dictionary.com doesn't think so, so I'd say pick one and stick with it).
> fwiw, none of the dictionaries I've checked agree with you.
> and they all seem to prefer "license" over "licence".
> > > Is "s's" as in "the process's exit code" valid English? 
> > 
> > I think yes, because "process" is not a plural; it would be "processes'
> > exit codes".
> according to the only grammar I found:
>     1.Singular nouns take 's
>     2.irregular plurals take 's
>     3.Nouns ending in s (plural or singular) take '
> > but-then-I'm-a-mathematician-ly y'rs
> and we're a bunch of non-native english speakers ;-)

I am a native speaker, and an expert in the fine points of English grammar
and usage (a necessary qualification for editing the New Hacker's
Dictionary). Tim's source is correct.  Learn these rules; they will
mark you out from the vast sea of yahoos who (for example) use "it's"
where "its" is correct.

(Guido's English is impressively correct, BTW.  The rest of you non-native
speakers -- and some of you native ones -- could learn from him.)
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