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    mistake, its or it's

    general rule concerning

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    David


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    Re: mistake, its or it's

    Hi, David,
    It's just a piece of cake. when you contract is or has, you need the apostrophe:
    David's come = has come.
    David's here = is here.
    The weather is fine. It's fine.
    The vase has been broken. It's been broken.

    When it is a pronoun, no apostrophe:
    The dog wagged its tail.
    The sentence is long, I can't understand its structute.

    Hope it helps.


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    Re: mistake, its or it's

    Hey, thanks for the reply. Helps out a bunch.

    David


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    Re: mistake, its or it's

    Humble is correct.

    "It's" simply means "it is" or "it has". For example:

    It's very cold today.
    It's rained today.

    "Its" is a possessive pronoun. For example:

    The dog licked its fur.
    The cat cared for its kittens.

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    Re: mistake, its or it's

    Yes - as Humble says, it's a piece of cake (when you think about it). But I find I have to think about it quite often. My favourite memory-aid is that the possessive "its" deserves an apostrophe no more than "his".

    b

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