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WestHampstead
Spain

doubt
 
why do in English we say the chemist īs, the greengrocer īs? why the īs?
I can īt remember the explanation right now.
thanks!!!!

11 Apr 2010      



Ximenne
Armenia

I think the use of the īs in this case refers to the use of the possessive form when we ommit onwership as it is understood; it īs a kind of shorthand, i.e., instead of saying at the shop of the greengrocer, or at the shop of the chemist, we just say "at the greengrocer īs" or "at the chemist īs".
 
I hope I īm not giving the wrong explanation; if I had, sorry! I was just trying to help out :-) 

11 Apr 2010     



yanogator
United States

Yes, Ximenne, you explained it very well.

Bruce

11 Apr 2010     



Ximenne
Armenia

Thanks Bruce! Smile

12 Apr 2010     



WestHampstead
Spain

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

12 Apr 2010