Q: "It's" as the possessive?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Aug 11 19:13:47 UTC 2009

Arnold, can you give me fuller citations?  And are these dictionaries
(which might admit anything), or grammers (which might proscribe some things)?


At 8/11/2009 10:22 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>MWDEU's entry for "its, it's" cites Lowth 1762 as giving "its" as the
>possessive form of "it", Baker as switching from "it's" in 1770 to
>"its" in 1779, and Lindley Murray 1795 going for "its".  summary:

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