Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What is the plural of the word "it's"?

Perhaps "it'ss" or "it'ses"?

Usage: "The paragraph contained three it'ss"
Meaning: "The paragraph contained three occurrences of the word, it's"

share|improve this question

closed as general reference by tchrist, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Hellion, Kristina Lopez, Mitch Mar 8 '13 at 22:23

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

6  
The plural of it’s is they’re. –  tchrist Mar 8 '13 at 12:47
    
Plural of words ending in s - I suggest you also visit English Language Learners –  mplungjan Mar 8 '13 at 12:53

1 Answer 1

I think that the most elegant solution is to consider "it's" invariable:

The paragraph contained three "it's".

share|improve this answer