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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by andrewclunn View Post
    It's bullshit that a contraction has precedence over an otherwise universally standard possessive rule. English, this is on you.
    No doubt! At least its vs. it's gives us something to squawk about; often this is the only error in an otherwise clean piece of writing.
    It all starts with a name and flows from there. A ridiculous moniker springs to mind and it launches like a multi-lubed slippery-sloop down chutes made of buttery-floops. Down, down, down. We watch, spellbound. Rapturous. Glockenspiel. We do our due diligence with penitence and penicillin. Do what’s due, then dew drops on your moon-pops.

  2. #12
    I used to struggle with this, and sometimes still lapse, so thank you for pointing it out.

    Thankfully Word and other up-to-notch word processing software almost always catches this now so I don't get how it's still a problem to be honest.

  3. #13
    When I have a moment of confusion I think of his, hers or theirs - which are possessive without an apostrophe - when I need to use its. It's always means it is to me, which is never possessive.

  4. #14
    I think it’s all about history and the way the language developed. In Middle English, the possessive form was shown by adding an s or an es to the end of the noun. I believe German still works this way.

    If you wanted to write about the hat belonging to John, you would say, Johnes hat.
    In Shakespeare’s day, he was still writing,summers flowers without an apostrophe.

    The apostrophe seems to have an uncertain history and it appears that it was simply introduced to make a distinction between the plural and possessive forms.

    All the so called absolute possessives: mine, ours, yours, his, hers, its and theirs still follow the old rule and have no apostrophe. This is perhaps because they are almost never used as plurals. The only time you add an apostrophe to them is when you are showing a contraction of a following verb.

    it’s not right = it is not right
    mine’s a pint = mine is a pint
    Last edited by jenthepen; November 30th, 2017 at 06:46 PM.

  5. #15
    That's really helpful actually. I use spell check but it doesn't give any explanations.

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