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Subject:RE: OT -- "its" vs "it's" From:Jeff Hanvey <jewahe1 -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 8 Jan 2001 08:28:44 -0800 (PST)
--- Philip Boyer <pboyer -at- dimasys -dot- com> wrote:
> Its about time somebody cleared this up.
> Apologies for my prissiness but I'm getting very
> bothered by my peers'
> misuse of the word "its" and it's" -- please,
> writers and editors, take
> note... it's *so* easy to remember...
> its = possessive (on its own, its fleas, its current
> it's = contraction. EASY REMEMBERING RULE: Whenever
> you see the apostrophe,
> think "it is." The apostrophe is in place of "is".
> Therefore "it's" = "it
> is." ALWAYS.
I remember this by linking "its" to "his," "hers,"
"Ours," "theirs," et cetera. It's easier to remember
the pattern of personal possessive than to thing "It
is" (at least for me!).
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