User talk:Mfwitten

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Your revert of USB[edit]

Please check your grammar: "In general, there are four basic kinds or sizes related to the USB connectors and types of established connection" is not correct. It's either "types of connections" (what it was before your edit and what I reverted to) or (clumsy) "types of an established connection". The rest of your corrections are pretty much the same, mixing up singular and plural:

  • "There are two types of pipe" must be plural "pipes"
  • "limited by the current number and type of attached USB devices" must be plural "types" because there may be several types and not just one
  • "Types of USB connector" – same thing

Must I go on? Zac67 (talk) 17:56, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

You're wrong. Would you say the following?
  • There is one type of pipes.
The type of the objects is "pipe"; there are two [sub]types of pipe. In other words, you are merely supporting a widespread heuristic error. Mfwitten (talk) 17:22, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Please check http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/5539/types-of-things-vs-types-of-thing – I won't even bother you with search engine voting (which can be wrong at times) but "types of connector" isn't serious, is it? Have you just a single RS for your claim? Zac67 (talk) 18:39, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

"Superior possessive form"[edit]

Use -s's instead of -s' only when you would naturally pronounce an extra s if you said the word out loud. Use only the apostrophe (without the s) when you would not pronounce an extra s or when making the possessive of a plural noun already ending in s (e.g., Beatles' or Stones' ). Source: Oxford dictionaries. Furthermore, this sort of thing is not a "minor edit" because it is open to disagreement. - Embram (talk) 00:57, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Is "Touchstone Pictures" a plural noun? I would say it is not; then again, there are plenty of [non-American] English speakers who would even say that, e.g., "Walmart" or "IBM" is a plural noun… Mfwitten (talk) 06:57, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
When you say the phrase Touchstone Pictures' new film out loud, do you pronounce an additional s at the end (i.e., do you say Pictures-es)? If not, then you shouldn't add an s after the apostrophe. - Embram (talk) 11:04, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
I do, for the same reason that I pronounce an additional "s" in "Mr. Williams's new film". However, logically consistent though it may be, I'd never put myself in that position for aesthetic reasons—it sounds terrible; I'd rather say, for example, "new film by Touchstone Pictures".
If you say "Touchstone Pictures' new film", then it sounds like "Touchstone Picture's new film", from which a listener might erroneously infer that the name of the company is "Touchstone Picture" rather than "Touchstone Pictures". You are losing information, and thus language is failing. Mfwitten (talk) 17:49, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Then rather than break the rule by adding the extra s, I'd just just write it the other way round (e.g., "new film by Touchstone Pictures") which I agree is the better choice. - Embram (talk) 22:56, 12 August 2014 (UTC)