[Ads-l] him = his

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 18 04:03:12 UTC 2015

WB: <<of me>>: <You're not the boss of me now, and you're not so big.>
quoth Malcolm in the Middle. Seems definite ~ indefinite head might be a
Marvel at the cacophony of possibilities:
Are you a friend of Joe's? (Well, howdy!) (analytic & synthetic possessive)
Are you Joe's friend (or his enemy)?  (synthetic possessive)
Are you a friend of Joe (or Mary) (which is it?) (analytic possessive)?

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