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Is it its or is it it's?

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awaygood
awaygood  12
29 Apr 2006 - 11:36 PM

Isn't it time that the writers, editors, and proofreaders on this website learn the difference between "its" and "it's"?

It's (it is) all perfectly simple, and there's no excuse why any reasonable-well educated person should be confused, and absolutely no excuse why people who make their income from writing should make the same mistake time after time in their articles!

"It's" isn't possessive; it means "it is"! Yet we regularly see it appearing in sentences such as: "It's (i.e. the camera's) lens is exceptionally good". What this sentence actually says, therefore, is "It is lens is exceptionally good"!!!

Come on, ePhotoZine, sort it out!

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BillS
BillS  827 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Apr 2006 - 11:54 PM

I have always believed that the apostophy denotes a " missing " letter. In other words it's just an abrieviation .

mad-dogs
mad-dogs  122201 forum posts England
29 Apr 2006 - 11:57 PM

'tis time to sort your 'its out!

User_Removed
30 Apr 2006 - 12:03 AM

Never an English teacher around when you need one!

'-)

mr g
mr g  10403 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2006 - 12:08 AM

As suggested the apostrophe is used for possession and contraction/missing letter
- i.e. Fred's lens = The lens belonging to Fred not to be confused with - Fred's coming to tea = Fred is coming to tea.

There is an English teacher around, although he should be doing his planning at this time on a Sunday and not visiting EPZ!!!!

User_Removed
30 Apr 2006 - 12:13 AM

LOL!! Nice one Rob!

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Quote: ...reasonable-well educated person...

Err, I think your plea might be based on the wrong assumption ;o)

SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2006 - 12:18 AM

This apostrophe thing is a minefield and I wouldn't be surprised if it starts to disappear in a while. And I notice it too when it's used in the wrong place. There again in my line of work I think I need to know how it's used.

There are two words that get my goat when the plurals are used incorrectly - phenomenon / phenomena and criterion / criteria. I find myself correcting people on the TV when they use them incorrectly ;-] (I know I know .. I'll get my coat in a minute .. hehe)

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You speak to your TV ?

Boyd
Boyd  1111213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2006 - 12:26 AM


Quote: And I notice it too when it's used in the wrong place.

Starts her sentences with a conjunction too.
;o)

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The correct use of conjunctia always posed many probla for me as well, I must admit ;o)

keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023186 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2006 - 12:49 AM

Life's too short.....isn't it?
Wink

3spirit
3spirit  8
30 Apr 2006 - 12:53 AM

So what!
As most of you here on this forum are intelligent and well educated persons.
It shouldn't be too hard for you to work it out.
For those of you who like to dot the (i)'s and cross the (t)'s Wake up!
The internet is a place to be shared by all backgrounds
Some people weren't so lucky and didn't get a good education

keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023186 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2006 - 12:54 AM

No?
You're having us on aintcha?

Boyd
Boyd  1111213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2006 - 12:58 AM

Some of us went to good schools. Mine was so good it was approved.
;o)

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