bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Mon Dec 15 08:55:55 CET 2008
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
\ “I met my girlfriend in Macy's; she was buying clothes, and I |
`\ was putting Slinkies on the escalators.” —Steven Wright |
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