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 Post subject: It's vs its and 's
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:03 pm 
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Since maaany people(even native speakers) often do this error:

It's and Its

It's is a contraction of "it is" or "it has."
It's time to go.
Do you think it's ready?
I read your article - it's very good.
Do you know where my purse is? It's on the table.
It's been a long time.

Its is the possessive form of "it."
That's an interesting device - what is its purpose?
I saw Les Misérables during its initial run.
This stove has its own timer.
The bird lost some of its feathers.
Where is its head office?

The ironclad rule - no exceptions - is that if you can replace the word with "it is" or "it has," use it's. Otherwise, it's always its.

The English apostrophe s and s apostrophe cause a lot of problems, even for native speakers. This lesson's task is to help you learn about possessives and contractions that need apostrophes and plurals that don't.

The apostrophe has two purposes in English:

1. To indicate that one or more letters was dropped in a contraction:
it is -> it's
we are -> we're
does not -> doesn't
of the clock -> o'clock

2. To indicate possession:
a) singular with 's
Tom's book
Jeannie's idea
the girl's toys (toys belong to one girl)
b) plural with s'
the books' covers
my brothers' jobs
the girls' toys (toys belong to several girls)

Just remember that the apostrophe has a purpose: to indicate a contraction or possession. It does not indicate a plural - the letter s does a fine job of that all by itself.


Common tooltip errors while designing towers:

Increases the towers attack by X% and...
Increases the tower's attack by X% and...

Whenever this tower attacks, there's a 12% chance to deal 25% of it's damage as spelldamage.
Whenever this tower attacks, there's a 12% chance to deal 25% of its damage as spelldamage.

Feel free to add more examples :)

 Post subject: Re: It's vs its and 's
PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:31 am 
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I could be wrong here and I don't want to nitpick.
But my Year 11 English teacher taught that if we are considering an object, let's say a tower for instance, then the apostrophy isn't needed.
But it isn't uncommon for high school teachers to be off the mark, so I wouldn't bet on it.

EDIT: You look too deep into the English language you will open up Pandora's Box. No one really knows with certainty about some of the grammar. Even Oxford Dons, who are generally considered the experts would admit to being uncertain in some situations.

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