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    It's, its

    I'm writing an essay for class and spell check says its should be corrected to it's. I'm using it in the possessive form. Example: Its tan colored frosting is simple but elegant. Would that be correct? I'm getting mixed info from websites and people I know.

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    Yes, your example is correct.

    It's an easy trap to fall into, because it seems like you should be using the possessive apostrophe, but think of 'its' as equivalent to 'his' and 'hers', both of which are possessive but have no apostrophe.
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    This is really quite simple.

    It's is a contraction. That means a combination of two words.

    It's = It is/it has
    Its= possessive.

    A similar example could be made for the word There.

    There= location
    Their= possessive
    They're = contraction of they are

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    Thank you much to you both, I thought I was using it correctly with no apostrophe in the middle or end but it's been 22 years or so since I've had to write more than my name so I wasnt sure. Spell check was trying to correct one of my its but not the other and after searching and asking people I know I was even more confused. Again thanks, very much appreciated.

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    Hello JST

    Welcome to the greatest writers' forum in the world.

    You're right as other posters here have said.

    The problem with the possessive 'its' is other possessives such as 'JST's book' need an apostrophe so your spellchecker thinks when you write 'its properties' or 'its colour' you're talking about a possessive and thus you need the apostrophe.

    This is the best argument I can think of for not trusting your spellchecker absolutely but learning as much as you can about spelling and grammar, and using the spellchecker only for quickie assessments.

    All the best with your writing assignment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jst419 View Post
    Spell check was trying to correct one of my its but not the other and after searching and asking people I know I was even more confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blade View Post
    Spell-check is not the voice of God. Eventually you will be able to slough off its vain imaginings.
    My spell-check hates me because it is set for American English and it objects to British English spelling.

    I just ignore it.
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    Ah, yes. The WF spellchecker is always trying to make me drop the 'u' out of 'colour', and replace 's' with 'z'. I guess there's no UK setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarperCole View Post
    Ah, yes. The WF spellchecker is always trying to make me drop the 'u' out of 'colour', and replace 's' with 'z'. I guess there's no UK setting.
    I have Windows 7 Ultimate on my PC and Firefox as my browser. And at the moment I have no intention in changing to Windows 10 or whatever it is being offered now - free - yeah, well I do not want it. I am still using the original Firefox setting as I hated the new one so found a way to revert to the previous one. Suits me perfectly and I will stick with Windows 7 as long as Microsoft will support it.

    There is, I think, a British English dictionary add-on or whatever it calls itself for Firefox, but I never bothered with it. I use British English because I was born, brought up and educated in England. My problem is that English as it is taught here is American English [and most English teachers are Russian - go figure], and my version of Windows [Windows 7 Ultimate] was bought from the local Microsoft in this Country.

    It works - I am happy with it - and the local Microsoft engineers/whatevers are only a telephone call away. Well, maybe 50km away but that is still local. So if I use "s" and not "z" and refuse to drop the "u" out of colour etc, I just ignore the red squiggly line under the word the spell-checker complains about.
    If you talk to a cat they look at you as if you are way below their intelligence to even listen.
    However, when you talk to a dog they look at you with such admiration and really do seem to understand what you are saying.
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    ...they still think you are wonderful.


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    Years ago in English 101, I wrote it's instead of its. Starting college several years after high school was no excuse as I was a terrible student and had much to catch up on in this college course. The professor acted as if I had committed a felony, but turned out to be a great teacher of whom I learned much.

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