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By Homer C. House, Susan Emolyn Harman

1950: by means of Homer C. apartment- The development of a language is visible in its grammar. moment variation, twelfth printing (1962).

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Possessive: Sarah's hat, Brown's farm, the farmer's pig, the bird's nest, the dog's bone, etc. In this classification the idea of possession is used in a somewhat broader sense than mere ownership, which belongs strictly to persons, and is extended to include various sorts of attachments or connections (the earth's surface); authorship (Byron's poems); origin, parenthood, or other close relationship (the preacher's oldest son; my sister's husband); manufacture (Smith Brothers' Cough Drops). All of these meanings may well have been extended from the idea of possession or ownership.

A few words made up of two noun forms pluralize both elements: Knights Templars, Lords Justices, Lords Provosts, menservants, women cooks, etc. XVI. a. Most proper nouns form their plurals by adding -s to the singular: Brown, Browns; German, Germans; one Indian, two Indians; a Russian, two Russians; one Mary, two Marys; Shelley, the Shelleys; etc. b. : Dickens, Dickenses; Williams, Williamses; Cox, Coxes; Bush, Bushes; etc. c. Proper names with titles form their plurals (1) by pluralizing only the title, or (2) by pluralizing only the name: 1.

The third person forms of the personal pronouns are more numerous and their uses more complicated than those of the second and first persons. The speaker or writer must keep in mind the gender and the number of the antecedent of he, his, him; she, her, hers; it, its. The third person plural forms (they, their, theirs, them) do not denote gender, but they always denote plural number, and their antecedents must always be plural. The third person singular he, his, him and the plural they, their, theirs, them may refer to masculine antecedents or to nouns having common or unknown gender: Every man should do his work; Each person should do his part; The student was ill, and the teacher sent him home; The husband and wife were invited, but they did not come; Every man, woman, and child must do his share of the sacrificing.

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