C. Faulkner on the Possessive Antecedent Proscription

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Wed Jun 4 16:18:43 UTC 2003

>I'm not sure.  I do remember his covering that.  When we went over usage, we
>had a series of lengthy tests with all sorts of constructions.  (I still use
>those in my grammar class to show the narrower interpretations of correct
>usage--something students are completely ignorant of.)  Those constructions are
>on those old tests.  I also think that  he discussed the error when he talked
>about their needing to be a possessive case subject idea with gerunds (a
>concept much more debatable than he allowed).  Since the possessive functioned
>with repect to the gerund only, further references in the sentence needed to be
>to the idea represented in the gerund and not to something modifying that

That sounds like him!

As I told Arnold earlier, I never had freshman English - so when I arrived
at graduate school and was to teach freshman English, I took Claude's
course (400) in how to teach freshman comp. He did his best to keep us a
day or two ahead of our students.

The thing I most remember from that semester and freshman English was that
I taught a young football player 5 days a week - I was teaching "X"
(remedial) English, and the poor guy had to come to a MWF class and also
a TR lab with me. His name was Tommy Brasher (sp?), and he later played
pro football.


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