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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 02:08 PM
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48. If it's any comfort, this "error" will eventually be deemed "correct".
That's how languages change. Dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive. If enough people use "it's" as a possessive, for a long enough time, it will become first "acceptable" and then ultimately "correct". I'm sure purists like me posted to long-ago forums complaining about how "thee" and "thy" were being replaced by the obviously incorrect "you" and "your".

I agree that it's a confusing situation. But there is a rule, it's pretty easy, and schoolchildren used to be taught the rule and they learned it for the most part. Now they seem not to. It's like the annoying (to me) "she gave a gift to my wife and I" grammar mistake. Again, there's a rule, it's easy, I learned it in 4th grade. But this error is heard everywhere and is even made by professional speakers and writers.

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  -rediculous. just rediculous. cali  Sep-30-09 10:29 AM   #0 
  - ah hahahahaha. i was going to say, ridiculous. ridiculous. my pet peeve  seabeyond   Sep-30-09 10:31 AM   #1 
  - Tow the line. That one always gets me hoppin'.  Brickbat   Sep-30-09 10:33 AM   #2 
  - Like many of these errors, "tow the line" results from listening but not reading.  mwb970   Sep-30-09 10:38 AM   #10 
  - irregardless of weather your rite or not  Lance_Boyle   Sep-30-09 10:33 AM   #3 
  - I really like "assnine" - it makes me smile every time... (nt)  petronius   Sep-30-09 12:04 PM   #31 
  - irregardless!!! my grammar pet peeve. ok, one of them.  ellenfl   Sep-30-09 12:35 PM   #39 
  - Waist of bandwith?  Romulox   Sep-30-09 10:33 AM   #4 
  - c'mon. I happen to know this bugs you too.  cali   Sep-30-09 10:35 AM   #7 
  - The most common error is using "it's" for "its".  mwb970   Sep-30-09 10:34 AM   #5 
  - that's definitely a contender but using it's for its is not a spelling error  cali   Sep-30-09 10:38 AM   #9 
  - I hate the apostrophized plurals too!  mwb970   Sep-30-09 10:46 AM   #14 
  - I think the its/it's misspellings has a lot to do with the confusing nature of English.  EOTE   Sep-30-09 12:07 PM   #34 
     - If it's any comfort, this "error" will eventually be deemed "correct".  mwb970   Sep-30-09 02:08 PM   #48 
  - "Road to hoe" instead of the correct "row to hoe" really gets my goat.  ShortnFiery   Sep-30-09 10:34 AM   #6 
  - And while I'm at it: The overuse of the terms: "At the end of the day" ...  ShortnFiery   Sep-30-09 10:37 AM   #8 
     - It is what it is....  Caoimhe   Sep-30-09 12:04 PM   #32 
        - "To be perfectly honest..." or "I'll be honest with you..."  NoSheep   Sep-30-09 01:44 PM   #47 
  - My favorite for a while was "going ROUGE".  TwilightGardener   Sep-30-09 10:39 AM   #11 
  - That'd make me red in the face, LOL.  Hekate   Sep-30-09 12:05 PM   #33 
  - Depends on the poster making the error...  SidDithers   Sep-30-09 10:42 AM   #12 
  - Then their our the times that  polmaven   Sep-30-09 01:39 PM   #42 
  - No. There's another spelling error that happens alot more than the others, I think.  lwcon   Sep-30-09 10:43 AM   #13 
  - flame bait  subcomhd   Sep-30-09 10:46 AM   #15 
  - Around here  yesphan   Sep-30-09 10:47 AM   #16 
  - This thread is a looser.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Sep-30-09 10:49 AM   #17 
  - Thanks. Your welcome.  lillypaddle   Sep-30-09 11:06 AM   #18 
  - "tongue and cheek" nt  Obamanaut   Sep-30-09 11:14 AM   #19 
  - There, their, and they're mixups  LuvNewcastle   Sep-30-09 11:20 AM   #20 
  - During my junior year of High School...  EOTE   Sep-30-09 12:15 PM   #37 
  - Oh, yes...  polmaven   Sep-30-09 01:41 PM   #44 
  - Spelling I can live with. It's the bloody homonym abuse that really gets my goat. nt  TheMadMonk   Sep-30-09 11:23 AM   #21 
  - "Spitting image"  Ron Green   Sep-30-09 11:24 AM   #22 
  - spitting image  tabatha   Sep-30-09 11:53 AM   #25 
  - I see that alot. n/t  lumberjack_jeff   Sep-30-09 11:36 AM   #23 
  - Hipocracy  Prism   Sep-30-09 11:42 AM   #24 
  - My irritation is nevermind. That is a title of a Nirvana album.  Pool Hall Ace   Sep-30-09 11:53 AM   #26 
  - Your such a looser  scheming daemons   Sep-30-09 11:53 AM   #27 
  - "Whinning". It's WHINING.  CakeGrrl   Sep-30-09 11:55 AM   #28 
  - tounge, looser  Caoimhe   Sep-30-09 12:02 PM   #29 
  - I am so , SO glad I joined DU!  Lilyhunter   Sep-30-09 12:04 PM   #30 
  - Apparantly, definatly not.  MissMarple   Sep-30-09 12:11 PM   #35 
  - I thought "marshall law" was the big offender.  Starbucks Anarchist   Sep-30-09 12:14 PM   #36 
  - I love Marshall Law!!  EOTE   Sep-30-09 12:19 PM   #38 
     - I'm guilty of THAT one.  NoSheep   Sep-30-09 01:41 PM   #45 
        - Using IS for ARE. "There's a lot of fish in the sea." Argggghhh.  NoSheep   Sep-30-09 01:43 PM   #46 
  - It's the use of apostrophes on every word that ends with the letter "S".  bulloney   Sep-30-09 01:02 PM   #40 
  - "Phase" for "faze" gives me the howling fantods.  enuegii   Sep-30-09 01:04 PM   #41 
  - 'Your' for 'you're' really gets me.  Zoeisright   Sep-30-09 01:40 PM   #43 
 

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