Actually it is not simply punctuation.  It is a difference--between a
contraction and a possessive--that is indicated by a punctuation mark.
But the difference in function is grammatical.  One shows a difference in
structure (and informality of diction) and the other a difference in case.

The phrase "it's readership" means "it is readership" rather than "the
readership that belongs to it."


Date sent:              Tue, 29 Oct 2002 17:51:53 -0800
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From:                   Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:                Re: Handelsblatt newspaper  --  Wall St. Poet story
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Time to grow up Gunnar;
you've picked one too many nits.

See below. Get your proof reading straight.

BTW, the issue to which you speak is one of punctuation, not of grammar.


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From: Gunnar Jauch [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 1:29 PM
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Subject: Re: Handelsblatt newspaper -- Wall St. Poet story

am 29.10.2002 21:53 Uhr schrieb [log in to unmask] unter
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> what type of newspaper this is, it's readership, et cetera?

Hey, Wall Street Poet

get you grammar straight -- it's "its readership"! ;-)
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