In the previous post I gave you a test. Replace each (?) with the appropriate word from the following list.
I know (?) no way that Porsche could be (?).
Answer: I know there’s no way that Porsche could be theirs.
How would you know this if I didn’t provide usage notes on the contraction there’s vs. the possessive pronoun theirs?
Recall that the possessive pronoun your doesn’t use an apostrophe. That’s because the apostrophe-s is for possessive nouns, not pronouns.
If that seems a little odd to you, remember that the use of an apostrophe-s to indicate possession is a convention almost unique to English. It’s handy, for sure, and it saves words; most of our sister languages have to use a prepositional phrase to indicate possession: la cabra del Presidente (literally, “the goat of the President”) rather than the President’s…
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