[Python-Dev] Spelling check: more typos

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 06:24:34 -0400

Michael Hudson <mwh21@cam.ac.uk>:
> > >     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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