Re: Re[2]: It's and its

Subject: Re: Re[2]: It's and its
From: "Brad Barnes (T)" <blb -at- FORMTEK -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 1996 20:07:33 -0400


> On Tue, 25 Jun 1996, Virginia L. Krenn wrote:

> > 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.

> Not so. The 's is used to show possession with used with nouns, but
> never with pronouns. Possessive pronouns have their own forms (his,
> hers, its, their, etc.) so do not need the 's to show possession.

> Our use of the 's with nouns to show possession goes back to an older way
> of showing possession. At one time it was customary to say something
> like "Tom his house" where today we would say Tom's house. People tended
> to say the phrase quickly and the words became slurred over. Eventually
> we began leaving out the "hi" in "his" and the apostrophe took their place.

> Since "his" was already possessive, there was no need to do this for the
> pronoun.

Ahem...

It can be a proper noun. Consider Cousin It of the Addamm's Family. :-)

Examples:

Cousin It's new beehive hairdo rivals Marge Simpson's.

It's Cousin It's bubble car.

Uh oh...is this topical? Sorry Eric!

Brad Barnes
Technical Writer

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