Re: OT -- "its" vs "it's"

Subject: Re: OT -- "its" vs "it's"
From: Jeff Hanvey <jewahe1 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 09:04:48 -0800 (PST)

--- Mike <techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> Then there's the whole their/they're/there
> thing.....

Did anyone see Sex in the City last week? The main
character was looking for a way to show up her ex's
new wife, and she found it because the woman wrote a
note that said "sorry I could not be their."

Anyway, Carrie called one of her friends and told her
the wife a complete idiot.

While I believe that writers should use rules of
grammar, can we really expect those who aren't writers
and haven't been trained in language quite the way we
have to know and understand the rules - and use them

I don't think so! That would be equivalent to a
programmer expecting everyone to know how to use a
computer fluidly - Not everyone has the use for it, or
has the skills for it.

That is, after all, why our jobs exist!

Jeff Hanvey

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