Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 11:32:54 -0800 From: THOMAS CLARK Subject: Possessive Marker The various items of second person and possessives an ting prompts a query. I have been encountering a phenomenon from some shirttail relatives who grew up in Colorado. When speaking of their children's families or brother's families, they will use a Proper Noun + Possessive and delete the common noun: Merle's were down for Christmas (vs Merle's _family_ came for Christmas) John's came over to play bridge (vs John and his wife Susie cam over) Is this feature more widely spread, or is it a family habit? Thanks, Tom Clark