[plug] Editor wars: the battle of the apostrophe
The Thought Assassin
assassin at live.wasp.net.au
Mon Oct 2 14:08:01 WST 2000
On Sun, 1 Oct 2000, Leon Brooks wrote:
> ``The vinegar's lost its bite'' - apostophe in vinegars for contraction from
> ``vinegar has,'' no apostrophe for its because no contraction, nor does ``it''
> own anything.
Actually, "it" owns the bite. Still no apostrophe, though, since it is a
part of speech along the lines of "my" "your" "her" and "their". The
matter is confused by the trailing 's', which makes it look like it
matches the usual apostrophed case.
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