Q: "It's" as the possessive?

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Aug 11 16:33:29 UTC 2009

On Aug 11, 2009, at 8:52 AM, Larry Horn wrote:

> At 7:22 AM -0700 8/11/09, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>> ... once again, let me recommend that people with questions on
>> english
>> usage and the history of prescriptions on points of usage start by
>> looking at MWDEU.  it doesn't have everything you might want, but it
>> has a lot.

> Thanks for the reminder; I'm finally joining the club.  Just ordered
> my own copy from amazon, where one can read the glowing review
> provided by the first "reader", some guy named Geoffrey K. Pullum.

ah, then you've ordered MWCDEU (2002), the "concise" DEU (in
paperback).  i've been quoting from MWDEU (1989), the hardback
original.  the relationship between the two is complex: MWCDEU is,
yes, abridged, but it also has some new material in it.


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