Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    sfyn2it's Avatar
    sfyn2it is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    10
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default The correct way to write...

    Hello,
    I am always unsure when to use its or it's. The current challenge lies in the following sentence:

    "Immigration to the United States had left the family in a poor shape and its trial and error method to assimilate was unsuccessful in providing a structure necessary for schooling."


    Your help is appreciated.

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is online now Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,343
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: The correct way to write...

    Quote Originally Posted by sfyn2it View Post
    Hello,
    I am always unsure when to use its or it's. The current challenge lies in the following sentence:

    "Immigration to the United States had left the family in a poor shape and its trial and error method to assimilate was unsuccessful in providing a structure necessary for schooling."


    Your help is appreciated.
    It's (it is) not so difficult but it's (it has) always been a problem for learners. If "it is" or "it has" fits the sentence, you should use the apostrophe. If not, you shouldn't.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 15-Jun-2013 at 20:29.

  3. #3
    sfyn2it's Avatar
    sfyn2it is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    10
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: The correct way to write...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's (it is) not so difficult but it's (it has) always been a problem for learners. If "it is" or "it has" fits the sentence, you should use the apostrophe. If not, you shouldn't.
    Thank you for the lesson. To quiz myself...the above sentence should then read "its" and NOT "it's". Is that the proper understanding?
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 15-Jun-2013 at 20:30. Reason: Left out "been"

  4. #4
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is online now Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,343
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: The correct way to write...

    Quote Originally Posted by sfyn2it View Post
    Thank you for the lesson. To quiz myself...the above sentence should then read "its" and NOT "it's". Is that the proper understanding?
    Yes, that's right.

  5. #5
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    22,868
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: The correct way to write...

    Yes, you're right. "It's" is always a contraction. "Its" isn't. "Its" is the possessive.

    My defence.
    Your defence.
    His defence.
    Its defence.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

Similar Threads

  1. [Answered] correct why to write this?
    By genopa in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2012, 11:06
  2. What is the correct way to write this?
    By michellerae in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Nov-2011, 08:20
  3. Is it correct to write?
    By rambhu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-Oct-2010, 17:14
  4. is it correct to write this
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-Feb-2008, 14:40
  5. How to write...which is correct?
    By sweetie_sneha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 18-Jun-2006, 11:11

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •