Re[2]: It's and its

Subject: Re[2]: It's and its
From: "Virginia L. Krenn" <asdxvlk -at- OKWAY -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 1996 14:27:44 -0500

Matt Ion <soundy -at- nextlevel -dot- com> at SMTP wrote:
>On Tue, 25 Jun 1996 10:17:56 -0700, Angela wrote:
>>I'll have to pay more attention in the future, I hadn't noticed that
>>one yet. But the biggie that gets me is the improper use of ^it's^.
>>An ^it^ can never own anything, so it can't own an apostrophe. It only
>>gets an ^its^, unless it's a contraction of ^it is^.
>Angela, it's not "it(')s" specifically that people have the problem
>with, it's the whole apostrophe-s thing. It seems that more and more,
>an 's' is not allowed to exist at the end of a word without being
>broken loose by an apostrophe.

However, if the possessive rule is followed, it would make sense to
write "it's". The problem is that this is an exception to the rule.

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