alt.possessive.its.has.no.apostrophe

James Stroud jstroud at mbi.ucla.edu
Mon Dec 15 09:53:53 CET 2008


Ben Finney wrote:
> James Stroud <jstroud at mbi.ucla.edu> writes:
> 
>> Ben Finney wrote:
>>> James Stroud <jstroud at mbi.ucla.edu> writes:
>>>
>>>> Yes. I think it was the British who decided that the apostrophe
>>>> rule for "it" would be reversed from normal usage relative to
>>>> just about every other noun.
> 
> It also seems an indefensible claim to say that anyone “decided” it
> would be that way, especially “the British”.
> 
>>> Remember that “it” is a pronoun. I see no reversal:
>> Ok. Pronouns are reversed.
> 
> Or, more generally: Pronouns, which are different in just about every
> other way from other nouns, are different in this way also. Is that
> about right?
> 

Can we start talking about python again?

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