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"I's" - Grammatical Gripes (1)

July 12, 2013 | by: Sam Storms| 4 Comments



Jul 15, 2013

Interesting construction with the dual possessives. If we didn't use a pronoun it would be something like: "... in Ann and John's home..." Meaning that normally our possessive clitic ('s) will attach to the end of the noun phrase and not to each noun in that phrase. So, when people use "I's," they are using a well understood rule in the place of an exception. Effectively standardizing the language.

Not that I care much either way as I take more of a descriptive approach to grammar rather than prescriptive. But I would love to be pointed to an explanation of why the changing of grammar is such a bad thing (rather than a change that is neither good nor bad). If it is bad, the implication would be that standard English is essentially superior to other varieties/dialects.


Jul 13, 2013

You are right, I am guilty!


Jul 13, 2013

Yea Sam!

Aaron Addison

Jul 12, 2013

This makes my heart happy! Thanks Sam!

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