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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@...> AIM: Deuterotom ICQ: 4315704 <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ===========================================