Posted by Andreas from dtm2-t7-1.mcbone.net (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 1:50PM :
In Reply to: It OUGHT to be: posted by Sadie from ? (126.96.36.199) on Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 1:28PM :
: : 2) "The War Profiteers' Card Deck"
: "Profiteers'" is plural possessive. If a noun or pronoun, singular or plural, ends in an "s," to make the noun's or pronoun's case possessive, one only needs to add an apostrophe. I do not know why, though.
+++ Counsellor: But is it "possessive" to all?
+++ The Americanish way of writing this expression conveys the idea they do NOT interpret it as an "possessive" construction and simply patch the words together to a amorphous string of loosely connected ingredients:
e.g. without any internal semantic-morphological structure.
+++ Could this also be an indicator of the the general amorphization of the American brains?
+++ The phenomenon is not restrichted to this phrase, it's abundant: whenever any logical-semantic structuring is needed, Americans (in contrast to the Brits, Canadians ...) smash it all together and stir up the soup.
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