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    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.

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    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 21:29.

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    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 21:30. Reason: Left out "been"

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    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.

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    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.

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