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Subject:Re: Re: 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
It can be a proper noun. Consider Cousin It of the Addamm's Family. :-)
Cousin It's new beehive hairdo rivals Marge Simpson's.
It's Cousin It's bubble car.
Uh oh...is this topical? Sorry Eric!
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