Re: My first message.
|From:||Tom Wier <artabanos@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 7, 1999, 0:24|
Patrick Dunn wrote:
> Unfortunately (?) the genitive 's seems to be dying. At least, among my
> freshmen students. I usually have approximately 80% who don't know how to
> use the apostrophe, not only in forming genitives, but also in
> contractions. And "it's, its" sends them into epileptic siezures.
Surely you mean the orthographic representation of the genetive, right?
(your context would lead me to think yes -- just making sure)
I think I remember reading somewhere that the clitic (yes, clitic; it's not
a traditional case ending anymore) has seen increasing use throughout the
century, with respect to competition with prepositional "of".
Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
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