Submitted by shantel • October 14, 2005
“For all it’s worth” or “for all its worth”?
e.g. He rolled the R for all it’s worth.
Kevin Hall (unregistered)
October 14, 2005, 9:27pm
I suppose either one could be correct. I can't, personally, see any problem with either.
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October 14, 2005, 10:10pm
For what it is worth.
so i think it should be it's.
ben ostendorf (unregistered)
October 15, 2005, 1:26am
"okay im only gonna say this once... 'OHHHH if you being possisive then it's I-T-S, if it's a contraction then its I-T-apostrophe-S', scalawag"Strongbad www.homestarrunner.com(side note it's true)
October 16, 2005, 3:34pm
Either. The only difference is the case you use. The worth is either in the predicate, or the worth is being possessed by "it". The "it" you are refering to is the comment that follows.
"For all it is worth." Predicate, worth it is."For all its worth." Possession, the worth of it.
Replace "it" with "the comment":
"For all the comment is worth." Predicate, the worth is the comment."For all the comment's worth." Possession, the worth of the comment.
Replace "it" with another pronoun, "they":
"For all they are worth." Predicate, the worth are they."For all their worth." Possession, the worth of them.
October 16, 2005, 3:36pm
One last thing, in this particular example, you are using the phrase to show possession.
He rolled the R for all the worth of the R.
Brad, Montreal (unregistered)
October 17, 2005, 2:40pm
Emily, what about the alternative:
He rolled the R for all it is worth.
He rolled the dice for all their worth OR He rolled the dice for they're worth. Fitty-fitty.
October 17, 2005, 2:41pm
Shit. Forgot the all.
October 18, 2005, 5:30am
He rolled the R for all it was worth.
November 28, 2005, 10:25pm
IT'S is a contraction of it is. ITS is the possessive form. You could go either way with this one because both make sense. .. for all it is worth. for all the worth that belongs to it. . . they both work.
December 13, 2007, 8:47pm
Either COULD work gramatically, but USUALLY, it's "All it's worth." For all that it is worth.
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