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Re: VOCABULARY AID: Basic and Additional Vocabulary (topics 1 - 10)

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Thursday, December 9, 2004, 0:55
Carsten Becker wrote:
> On Tuesday 30 November 2004 17:26, Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > > > What do you mean by "book of my father's"? Did your > > father write that book, or does he happen to own a copy > > which you used? > > Oh. An ambiguous sentence -- No it is copied from an > "Aufbauwortschatz" my father possesses a copy of.
It might be strictly ambiguous, but I didn't find it so. I think that unless it's known that my father is an author, "a book of my father's" really has to be "a book my father possesses"; If I really meant that my father wrote the book, (and it wasn't known that my father was an author), then I'd need to signal it more clearly somehow. > Sorry for confusion. Those possessive 'S'es can drive me > crazy ... I think you handled it perfectly. €0.02 s. (who, for the first time since quotas were introduced, has used five posts in one day -one Rhode Island day, anyway. It's past midnight *here*) -- Stephen Mulraney I remember that I tried several times to use a slide rule, and that, several times also, I began modern maths textbooks, saying to myself that if I were going slowly, if I read all the lessons all in order, doing the exercises and all, there was no reason why I should stall -- Georges Perec