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From Rob Weir <apa...@robweir.com>
Subject Re: ODF Toolkit Incubation Pre-Proposal
Date Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:52:58 GMT
On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 6:31 AM, Daniel Shahaf <d.s@daniel.shahaf.name> wrote:
> Rob Weir wrote on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 20:51:53 -0400:
>> On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 8:45 PM, Daniel Shahaf <d.s@daniel.shahaf.name> wrote:
>> > Rob Weir wrote on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 19:00:50 -0400:
>> >> Hi Dennis,
>> >>
>> >> If I understand correctly, the practice at Apache would be to remove
>> >> these legacy copyright statements and aggregate them into a single
>> >> NOTICE document.  This would be true, even if it says "DO NOT ALTER OR
>> >> REMOVE".  I imagine they would even tear off those tags on mattresses.
>> >>
>> >
>> > To whom does the pronoun "they" refer?
>> >
>>
>> Sorry, that is a joke that probably only makes sense in the US.
>
> You did not answer my question.
>

You could parse "they" as being a nominative third person plural
impersonal.  In English, not all pronouns refer to antecedents in the
text.  The exceptions are the impersonals.

"The impersonal is used in English to make general statements without
a specified agent. An agent, in the case of the impersonal, is defined
as the persons who perform the action of the verb. Although the
impersonal pronouns in English are officially the one pronouns (one,
someone, no one, anyone), the third person plural pronoun they as well
as the second person pronoun you and the noun people can also be used
in the construction of the impersonal in English. Such impersonal
markers can also be mixed and matched as in the case of mixing one
with their in the example One should always wash their hands before
eating."

Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/hubfolio/heather-marie-kosur/articles/38523.aspx#ixzz1QZPmWx68



Regards,

-Rob

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