RE: Grammar question?

Subject: RE: Grammar question?
From: "Downing, David" <david -dot- downing -at- Fiserv -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:56:41 -0500

From: "Sarah Blake" <Sarah -dot- Blake -at- microfocus -dot- com>
Subject: RE: Grammar question?

So you might write about "Jesus' sandals" or "Bess' coat"; but I bet you
that if you were saying it out loud it would be "Jesus's sandals" and
"Bess's coat". And when I'm reading, that missing "s" really makes me



Actually, I feel just the opposite. I want to see that "'s" in writing for clarify, but I find that extra "sizz" syllable awkward in spoken English. In fact, I suspect that a lot of people feel that way, which may have led to leaving it off in spoken English, which may have in turn led to leaving it off in writing.

And here's another tidbit of information for you. When I went to spell-check this email, Outlook's spell checker corrected "Jesus's" to "Jesus'."

David Downing
Senior Technical Writer
Credit Union Solutions


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