which its = "whose"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 13 17:36:15 UTC 2014

Long ago I mentioned the difficulty even  grad students in English had 30
years ago with "whose" as a subordinating conjunction after something not
human, as in "an idea whose time has come." (Some online grammarians now
prefer the counter-rational "subordinate conjunction." Right.)

One of the grotesque conjunctions the studes used was "which's."  Another
was the perhaps genetically identical "which its."

Now grownups use it:


"the Submarine was introduced in the 19th Century by the French called the
Plongeur, Which its designs were used by the Confederates to build the H.L.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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