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Is it its or is it it's?

awaygood 16 1
29 Apr 2006 11:36PM
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 12 27 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2006 11:54PM
I have always believed that the apostophy denotes a " missing " letter. In other words it's just an abrieviation .
mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
29 Apr 2006 11:57PM
'tis time to sort your 'its out!
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
30 Apr 2006 12:03AM
Never an English teacher around when you need one!

mr g 13 403 3 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2006 12:08AM
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 14 17.9k 8 Norway
30 Apr 2006 12:13AM
LOL!! Nice one Rob!
30 Apr 2006 12:16AM

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

Err, I think your plea might be based on the wrong assumption ;o)
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
30 Apr 2006 12:18AM
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)
30 Apr 2006 12:22AM
You speak to your TV ?
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
30 Apr 2006 12:26AM

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

Starts her sentences with a conjunction too.
30 Apr 2006 12:40AM
The correct use of conjunctia always posed many probla for me as well, I must admit ;o)
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
30 Apr 2006 12:49AM
Life's too short.....isn't it?
3spirit 12 6
30 Apr 2006 12:53AM
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 Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
30 Apr 2006 12:54AM
You're having us on aintcha?
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
30 Apr 2006 12:58AM
Some of us went to good schools. Mine was so good it was approved.

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