Heard: "I'm on *your* guys's side!" [NT]

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 23 08:00:55 UTC 2013

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 2:13 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> If that's the plural second person possessive, that sounds right to me, but what do the asterisks mean?...

Stress, like,

"I'm on YOUR guys's side!"

as opposed to those guys's side.

You would say "on your guys's side" and not "on your side" or "on you
guys' side"? You'd combine the two, using "you guys's"? Interesting.
You wouldn't write the combo version, though, right?

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