alt.possessive.its.has.no.apostrophe (was: Looking for the best way to translate an idiom)
bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Mon Dec 15 06:50:01 CET 2008
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.
Remember that “it” is a pronoun. I see no reversal:
he she we they me you it
he's she's we're they're I'm you're it's
his hers ours theirs mine yours its
No reversal there; the apostrophe rule is consistent. All pronouns
take an apostrophe *only* for abbreviating the contraction of “foo is”
or “foo has” or some other two-word form. The possessive never takes
an apostrophe on a pronoun.
You can find plenty of inconsistencies and rules with exceptions in
the English language, but “possessive pronoun doesn't use an
apostrophe” isn't one of them.
\ “Don't you try to outweird me, I get stranger things than you |
`\ free with my breakfast cereal.” —Zaphod Beeblebrox, _The |
_o__) Restaurant At The End Of The Universe_, Douglas Adams |
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