From: nospamum@radix.net (Mumthra)

Subject: Re: Apostrophes [Was: Drunkin I-ARE-SEE]

Date: 15 May 1999 00:00:00 GMT

Message-ID: <373ec9fe.21338801@news1.radix.net>

Reply-To: nospamum@radix.net

Newsgroups: alt.foot.fat-free

 

On Sat, 15 May 1999 18:44:39 GMT, bugToothpaste@scooter.net (Rev.

Barking Lunchbox) wrote:

 

:barbara@.bookpro.com wrote:

 

:>Okay, you punctuation pundits, what do you say about the apostrophe in

:>"years' more practice"? Goat Boy says it's incorrect. I (who

:>punctuate for a living) disagreed, but I'm not so sure now. I think

:>it would be correct to say "he's had a year's practice," so "he's had

:>years' practice" should be okay, too. Why, then, does it seem wrong?

:>Because there's no specific number (such as "five years' practice")?

:>

:>BW

:

:ya got me

 

You can't be serious! You BOTH are stuck on this?!? This must be the

apostracalypse!

 

To check the posssesssive, alls you gots to do it rearrange the werds.

Dropping the "more," of curse:

 

It is Mommy's eyeball. -or- It is the eyeball of Mommy.

 

He has had the practice of years. -or- He has had years of practice.

 

All that's missing is the "of"--so do the years modify the practice or

the practice modify the years?

 

PERSONALLY, I favor:

 

He has had years o' practice

 

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