Re: "his"

Subject: Re: "his"
From: DIGEST Bruce Byfield <byfield -at- DIRECT -dot- CA>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 20:05:48 +0800

My understanding is that the possessive uses "'s" because the Old
English genetive form ended in "es". When the "e" stopped being pronounced,
the ending became "'s" to show that a letter was being left out.

Bruce Byfield (byfield -at- direct -dot- ca)
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