Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Aug 20, 2004.
I was taught that that's a big no no
No, it's not needed, but it won't hurt.
me too at sharon...
and I'm glad you figured it out Leon... if it helps I'd wager most Native born Americans couldn't do any better.
Native Americans are not my competition.
"And," "or," and "but" are conjunctions, not prepositions.
conjunction junction whats your function, hookin up words and phrases and clauses...
(never underestimate the power of SchoolHouse Rock!)
How many dinner parties with Queen Victoria......... (props to the first person to tell me where that quote is from.)
Not to be confused with Consumption Junction.
sounds familiar... first guess is it's steve martin or robin williams.. (???)
Nope, but it is from a comedy tape.
Nope, it's from the Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner's 2,000 Year old man in the year 2000. Very funny.
Oh! I have to try to get that one.
I loved the original 2,000 year old man, and I've heard (and also loved) 2000 and 13. But I didn't know there was another!
It's the only one I have, and it's very funny. Now I have to check for the original one.
I think there is a difference between proper nouns (as for agencies) and the group reference.
My take: If it's a business, then it is as the company has registered it, grammatically "correct" or not. For example, I know the agency name "Children Services Bureau" seems strange....... but, that's how it is. No if's, and's or but's.
Men's, Ladies', Children's, are all group descriptors, not proper nouns as business names are.
I don't know but Lands' End got a lot of crap for writing their name like that and they still don't think anything is wrong with that.
correction ifs, ands or buts...
The above also clearly demonstrates that Leon cannot (or is it "can not") count. :haha:
While we're at it...
I used to have trouble (maybe I still do) with the possessive/apostrophe + "s" after "it" as in:
We published the company's phone directory
The company published its phone directory
I can only hope "its" is right, because "it's" is a contraction of "it is" - anyone?
[P.S. It amazes me to see how many folks with Master's degrees I have worked with over the years who put the apostrophe + "s" for every plural...]
You are correct, sir. Yet another exception (to the normal possessive rule) in our wonderful language.
That seems to be a fairly frequent error on the Internet, too.