[Python-Dev] Spelling check: more typos
Eric S. Raymond
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 06:24:34 -0400
Michael Hudson <email@example.com>:
> > > 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 '
> > >
> > 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?
I believe /F was quoting Tim.
> > 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?
Hm, I guess you have to know that pronouns pluralize irregularly
to cover that case. What creates the confusion is that "it's" is the
correct contraction of "it is", but looks like a possessive inflection
of the pronoun "it".
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