[Python-Dev] Spelling check: more typos
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 11:06:11 +0100 (BST)
On Wed, 5 Jul 2000, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> Fredrik Lundh <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> > > > 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:
> > FORMING THE POSSESSIVE WITH 'S AND '
> > 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.
Tim? Do you mean /F?
> Learn these rules; they will mark you out from the vast sea of yahoos
> who (for example) use "it's" where "its" is correct.
Well, the given rules don't account for that one do they?
"Process' exit code" just looks wrong to me. Don't know why.