Q: "It's" as the possessive?

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Aug 11 12:29:31 UTC 2009

On Aug 10, 2009, at 8:39 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> At 8/10/2009 07:50 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>> 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.
> I did not write this -- the person who wrote to me did, as should
> have been clear from the number of levels of quotation.
> Joel
>> 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.

sorry.  i inadvertently pared down too much.


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