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This was a common perception at the time (several hundred years ago) and it
was even written that way sometimes. I'm not sure it was not just a folk
spelling, but some people at least analyzed it that way.

stevo

On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> When I took German in high school, about a hundred years ago, I remember
> wondering if the English possessive marker ('s) might not be a contraction
> of "his", as in "the man his car" => "The man 'is car." => "The man's car."
>
> I never found out.
>
> --gary
>
> On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 8:04 AM, Armin Buch <[log in to unmask]
> >wrote:
>
> > There's a construction in colloquial German that might be of interest:
> >
> > dem Mann [sein Auto]
> > the.DAT. man(.DAT) his.NOM car.NOM
> >
> >
>