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Re: When “that” is necessary  •  April 16, 2013, 1:16pm  •  0 vote

I totally agree, Warsaw. Your first example sentence sounds better--more articulate. - Yes, no question about that one. However, as Warsaw points out, the "that" in your example is a d

Re: When “that” is necessary  •  April 15, 2013, 2:57am  •  0 vote

Ah. So, basically, "that" can be omitted if it's omission leaves us with a sentence that sounds grammatically correct (at least to us native speakers). So in my above example both phrases are corr

Re: Apostrophes  •  April 11, 2013, 1:51am  •  0 vote

I think I made a mistake in calling it a noun phrase. I believe "Jane and John" is a compound subject. That clears some fog! (thanks!) Also, it feels really strange not to use a capital after a col

Re: Apostrophes  •  April 10, 2013, 5:26pm  •  0 vote

@Skeeter - As a Canadian, I am lucky (nope, not at all) to be living on the border between British grammarland and American grammarland. I know this: It is acceptable usage that is preferred for m

Re: Apostrophes  •  April 10, 2013, 4:22pm  •  0 vote

@Porsche - "By the way, some arguments about ambiguity of one form or the other are specious and irrelevant. In many cases, distributing the possession or not, merely shifts the ambiguity instead of e

Re: Apostrophes  •  April 10, 2013, 2:57am  •  0 vote

Ah, great point about Joe's aunt. I was so busy trying to cut through an unsolvable grammatical problem that I didn't even notice the variation. Thanks for pointing it out! Also, regarding "Jason a

Re: Apostrophes  •  April 9, 2013, 3:32pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will - Thanks for the link. Common usage in published works at the very least helps me feel more confident about my choices. Can you please tell me where I "accidentally missed out the plu

Re: Apostrophes  •  April 9, 2013, 12:12pm  •  0 vote

I should have, for clarity, used your example: "I met Anne and Joe's aunt at the airport" means that you met one person. This is because "Anne and Joe" is a noun phrase, so they are therefore treated

Re: Apostrophes  •  April 9, 2013, 12:07pm  •  0 vote

Hi Skeeter, Thanks for your response. I tend to disagree with saying "Jack's and Jill's house" to refer to a single house. My understanding is that it's standard practice to use the possessive on

Re: Apostrophes  •  April 8, 2013, 4:29pm  •  0 vote

Something I didn't see mentioned here: most people seem to agree that "me and Mike's house" either sounds awkward or is incorrect. But as Jen points out, the standard rule is that if the house is shar