Prescriptive question

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Jun 10 22:09:48 UTC 2004

>Why is it so hard to see the "lurking we" (I know, I should eschew
>technical terms) here?


>I know better than to ask the denizens of this list to BE prescriptive, but
>in this case I'm not sure whether a prescriptive "rule" exists anymore,
>even for prescriptivists.  I've tried the Chicago Manual of Style on this
>one, but no luck.  I don't have any other style manuals handy.
>The case is embodied in sentences like:
>"The Burgville Philharmonic invites you to subscribe to our upcoming
>concert season."
>Have even the prescriptivists dropped an earlier insistence on changing
>"our" to "its," or is this prescription alive and well for formal writing?
>Peter Mc.
>Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
>******************* pmcgraw at ************************

Dennis R. Preston
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