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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 02:08 PM
Response to Reply #34
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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