See also: that's and þats

English

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Noun

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thats

  1. plural of that
    • 1998, David L. Hall, Roger T. Ames, Thinking from the Han, page 247:
      As such, they do not have the ontological weight of "Being" and "Not-being," but serve simply as an explanatory vocabulary necessary to describe our world of thises and thats.

Pronoun

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thats

  1. (nonstandard, dialect, e.g. Black Country, Northern Ireland) whose, of which, in dialects that require a human antecedent for "whose"
    • 2007, Paul Mavis, review of the 1983 film "Hundra", DVD Talk, March 25th
      set about to make a spoofy fantasy adventure thats focus would be on a gorgeous, blonde, man-hating super-warrior who was subservient to no one.
    • 2008 September 25, jules, “That's or thats? (grammar help please!)?”, in Yahoo! Answers[1], archived from the original on 2011-07-01; quoted in Mark Liberman, “'That's'”, in Language Log[2], 2014 March 28, archived from the original on 2014-04-08:
      So I'm writing a paper and I'm saying, "Darfur is a region of western Sudan thats government is…" My question is about the "that"– should it be "that's" (even though that means "that is") or "thats" (with no apostrophe)?
    • 2015, James Harbeck, The future of English includes an apostrophe-less 'thats', The Week
      Let me tell you about a word thats time has come.

Usage notes

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A case can be made for distinguishing possessive thats, without an apostrophe, from the contraction that's with an apostrophe, parallel to its and it's or whose and its homonym who's.[1]

Alternative forms

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Contraction

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thats

  1. Obsolete form of that's.

References

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  1. ^ That's, Language Log, March 28, 2014

Anagrams

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