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Re: [PATCH] dir_delta content check

From: Greg Noel <GregNoel_at_san.rr.com>
Date: 2003-11-26 21:19:30 CET

On Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003, at 08:19 US/Pacific, Greg Hudson wrote:

> ... (It also means: whenever you use an apostrophe with a pronoun,
> you're using a contraction, not a possessive. :) )

Ah, that's close, but not quite right. It really means: whenever you
use an apostrophe, you're using a contraction. There's no need to
embroider it with qualifications about pronouns or possessives; it's
the same rule in all cases.

This is the Rule of the Apostrophe and it's by far the most regular
rule in English. There's only one exception, and that's so rare that
you will probably never encounter it in a lifetime of writing.

The Rule of the Apostrophe is so simple that it appalls me that it's
abused so often. Yes, I know that illiteracy is rampant, but this rule
is so easy to use correctly that there's no excuse for getting it wrong.

Whenever you use an apostrophe, you're using a contraction. Period.

-- Greg Noel, retired UNIX guru

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