Re: "his"

Subject: Re: "his"
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 1996 11:30:31 -0700

>The possessive "s" exists in German too, and in German "his"
>is "sein".

Of course, they don't use the apostrophe in German plurals, so this doesn't
really disprove the myth of "Mark, his email" evolving into Mark's email.

And in German it could equally plausibly have evolved from "Mark, sein
email" to Marks email.

I don't have any idea if it's true, but I think you can use the example to
argue either side of the issue. ...RM

Richard Mateosian Freelance Technical Writer
srm -at- c2 -dot- org Copyright 1996 Review Editor, IEEE Micro
http://www.c2.org/~srm/ All rights reserved President, Berkeley STC

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