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The Grammar Geek Strikes Again

I just came up against a grammatical conundrum.

Which is correct?
a) [doing something] for all its worth
b) [doing something] for all it's worth

Both can be justified. In (a), you are doing something to the extent of its value; the construction can be likened to "going for the gusto". Though perhaps there you have the prepositional phrase acting in the place of a direct object, which it isn't really in (a). (b) expands to "for all that it is worth" which essentially means the same thing as (a). So from that point of view both would be correct - but one had to have been the original phrasing. I wonder which?

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sea_gaagii
Mar. 23rd, 2003 12:48 am (UTC)
Latin
You wouldn't have these problems in Latin.

I am always amused by 'your picture'. Does that mean you own the picture or that it is a picture of you (or in some cases both)

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