Q: "It's" as the possessive?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 11 00:46:01 UTC 2009

Precisely, arnold. It's been around so long that I've occasionally
found myself using it, as though I were back in fourth grade. But I've
managed to catch it before I've actually clicked on Send, fortunately.


On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 7:50 PM, Arnold Zwicky<zwicky at stanford.edu> wrote:
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> On Aug 10, 2009, at 12:35 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>> Interestingly, it's use as a possessive is clearly on the rise
>>> again: I see it everywhere.
> the structural pressure for the spelling "it's" is enormous.  i doubt
> that this spelling is really recently on the rise -- only that some
> people have recently attended to it.
> arnold
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