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

Subject: RE: OT -- "its" vs "it's"
From: "Sarah Bane" <Sarah -dot- Bane -at- spectrumretail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 11:26:33 -0600

Jeff Hanvey said (along with a synopsis of a "Sex and the City"

~|>While I believe that writers should use rules of
~|>grammar, can we really expect those who aren't writers
~|>and haven't been trained in language quite the way we
~|>have to know and understand the rules - and use them
~|>I don't think so! That would be equivalent to a
~|>programmer expecting everyone to know how to use a
~|>computer fluidly - Not everyone has the use for it, or
~|>has the skills for it.

I'd agree if we were talking about something more esoteric, but the
distinction between *its* and *it's* was covered in my English classes
every year from about third grade to high school. It's hardly one of the
finer points of writing.

Sarah Bane
Day job: Technical Writer, SpectrumRetail Corporation
--Parent company to the ProphetLine family of retail technology
Night job: Associate Instructor, Westark College
sarah -dot- bane -at- spectrumretail -dot- com
sbane -at- pipeline -dot- westark -dot- edu

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