RE: OT -- "its" vs "it's"

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
> state)
> 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!).

Jeff Hanvey

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