This page is dedicated to education (or corrective
reeducation) concerning usage of the English language
singular neutral third-person possessive pronoun: its.
You wouldn't write hi's or her's would
you? So why the compulsion to write it's?
It's is always a
contraction -- of "it is" (most
commonly), and also "it was"
and sometimes "it has." Never,
never deploy that
apostrophe in a sentence like
"The dog shook its head."
Check me on this, find the same type
of sentence in books, and you'll
see I'm right. Hard to believe? Why??
I also see its'
with some frequency, and after gentle
interrogation of a co-worker who used it,
understand the source of the error -- the
"s" rule. When a word's made possesive, and
it ends in an "s" an apostrophe is appended
and the trailing "s" omitted -- for example,
"The students' opinions were all the same."
However this usage is actually losing favor,
one can usually add the "s" these days and
be okay, depending upon the word -- but you'd
think the British would know better, however
they write it as
BUT that rule never applies to possessive
pronouns -- only nouns and given names.
So whenever you're tempted to write "it's" always
substitute "it is" in the expression -- if it
sounds wrong, it's its!
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