|07-13-2013, 04:33 AM||#106|
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In German, the word "sie" means "she," but it also means "they," and if it's capitalized it means "you." If you see the sentence "Ich habe sie gestern gesehen," without context you don't know if it means "I saw her yesterday" or "I saw them yesterday." And if you hear the sentence, and thus don't know whether "sie" is capitalized, it could also mean "I saw you yesterday."
|07-13-2013, 04:50 AM||#107|
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It does seem that 'most' grammar books don't condone it. So the 'correct' way to make 1970 plural is to write 1970s (which is the way I have always done it).
Writing 1970's is not condoned precisely because it is ambiguous. (See the link I gave above.)
The extension of this is presumably that the following would also be 'correct':
1970's Christmas episode was better than 1971's.
The 1970s' Christmas episodes were better than those from the 1980s.
Let the debate begin! ;-)
Whoops. Just noticed this wasn't the plurals of abbreviations discussion. Wrong thread, sorry. Was meant to be in this one.
Last edited by Graham; 07-13-2013 at 03:06 PM. Reason: Posted in wrong thread.
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