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coraline From: coraline Date: February 26th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
its. its its its.

komos From: komos Date: February 26th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's an easy mistake.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: February 26th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the one apostrophe use I can never get right. Any advice on how to remember it?
oceanic From: oceanic Date: February 26th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always break it down into "it is." If "it is" works in the sentence ("it is a good idea"), then you can use the apostrophe (it's). If "it is" doesn't work ("the car lost it is tire"), then you can't use the apostrophe and it has to be its. If I remember it's a conjunction then things usually work out.
oceanic From: oceanic Date: February 26th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
durr contraction...
-loses editor hat
coraline From: coraline Date: February 26th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
"it's" is always always a contraction. "it's" ONLY means "it is".
if there is a possessive involved, if you're talking about the attributes or possessions of an inanimate object, it is "its". that is the only place where a possessive does NOT get an apostrophe :)

(i think of it as "it's already means contraction, so the possessive form had to be different, and doesn't use the apostrophe.")

i have no idea if any of that would be helpful, but... hope so :)
learnedax From: learnedax Date: February 26th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Although the lack of an apostrophe on 'its' seems like a special case, it's actually in line with the class of possessive pronouns: his, hers, theirs, its.

Er, of course hers and theirs decline by subject-object rules, and his and its don't.* It's probably best not to try rationalizing the pronoun system too much, because its forms are rife with irregularity.

*Oddly, when envisioning the potential declension, I found that although it should be grammatically valid my language brain rebels against a sentence like "this is my car, and this garage is its."
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antonia3001 From: antonia3001 Date: February 26th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG! Is that right? What a great way to remember, because until now I never could! Awesome.
From: aphorisic Date: February 26th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the fault of the Internet and its ease of use.
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