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18-07-2012, 12:24 PM
RE: So, I was tutoring my Vietnamese student last night...
(18-07-2012 12:10 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  You know what else is dumb?

Possessive rules change when a pronoun is involved.

ex:
That is hers.
That is Jenn's.

That is his.
That is Tom's.

The dog ate its bone.
The cougar ate the dog's bone.

The clearest stupid grammar nonsense is "its". If it's a possessive, why would it not have an apostrophe? After all, an apostrophe does two things: it deletes and shows possession.
"Its" is consistent with "his", "hers", and "theirs". It ain't rocket science.

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18-07-2012, 12:28 PM (This post was last modified: 18-07-2012 12:36 PM by kim.)
RE: So, I was tutoring my Vietnamese student last night...
(18-07-2012 12:10 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  You know what else is dumb?

Possessive rules change when a pronoun is involved.

ex:
That is hers.
That is Jenn's.

That is his.
That is Tom's.

The dog ate its bone.
The cougar ate the dog's bone.

The clearest stupid grammar nonsense is "its". If it's a possessive, why would it not have an apostrophe? After all, an apostrophe does two things: it deletes and shows possession.

It wouldn't have an apostrophe because the dog ate HIS bone. it becomes his. Although, out of habit, I'd give a gender to the dog... or I'd probably wrongly use an apostrophe. People don't often care unless they're taking some sort of formal grammar test. Shy

I guess it doesn't actually become his... rather, it is thought of as his.

I have a love / hate relationship with grammar. Shy

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18-07-2012, 12:47 PM
RE: So, I was tutoring my Vietnamese student last night...
(18-07-2012 12:28 PM)kim Wrote:  
(18-07-2012 12:10 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  You know what else is dumb?

Possessive rules change when a pronoun is involved.

ex:
That is hers.
That is Jenn's.

That is his.
That is Tom's.

The dog ate its bone.
The cougar ate the dog's bone.

The clearest stupid grammar nonsense is "its". If it's a possessive, why would it not have an apostrophe? After all, an apostrophe does two things: it deletes and shows possession.

It wouldn't have an apostrophe because the dog ate HIS bone. it becomes his. Although, out of habit, I'd give a gender to the dog... or I'd probably wrongly use an apostrophe. People don't often care unless they're taking some sort of formal grammar test. Shy

I guess it doesn't actually become his... rather, it is thought of as his.

I have a love / hate relationship with grammar. Shy

That's not what I'm saying, though. "Its" is showing possession, but doesn't use an apostrophe; same with "his" and "hers".

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18-07-2012, 12:48 PM
RE: So, I was tutoring my Vietnamese student last night...
(18-07-2012 12:24 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(18-07-2012 12:10 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  You know what else is dumb?

Possessive rules change when a pronoun is involved.

ex:
That is hers.
That is Jenn's.

That is his.
That is Tom's.

The dog ate its bone.
The cougar ate the dog's bone.

The clearest stupid grammar nonsense is "its". If it's a possessive, why would it not have an apostrophe? After all, an apostrophe does two things: it deletes and shows possession.
"Its" is consistent with "his", "hers", and "theirs". It ain't rocket science.

But they don't follow the rules of possession.

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