Posted by Andreas from dtm2-t7-1.mcbone.net (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 2:02PM :
In Reply to: Counsellor: But is it "possessive"? posted by Andreas from dtm2-t7-1.mcbone.net (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 1:50PM :
: : : 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.
+++ If it really were a "possessive" then it would mean that the war profiteers would be "possessing" that card deck.
+++ In contrast, the cards has the war profiteers as topic/theme/"subject"/ --> OBJECT.
While it OUGHT to be "War Profiteers' Card Deck" with an "s", surely not for the reason YOU mentioned,but just for the OPPOSITE one.
+++ I hope this (opposite) direction will not be always the one I OUGHT to be going in search for a correct answer.
+++ I'd be VERY un-well to have to change my Counsellor.
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