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    Use of "it's" in this context?

    I learned something new in school today; apparently, there is a plural possessive form of the word 'it'?

    My teacher tells us the following sentence is grammatically correct.

    "The transport company provides it's customers with safe and reliable service."

    He says that because "company" is plural (representing a group of people), we should use "it's" instead of "its."

    I've always thought that I knew when to accurately use "its" (possessive) and "it's" (it has/is), but this one has left me horribly confused. Is the teacher correct?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by bebeC; 16-Nov-2010 at 13:48.


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    Re: Use of "it's" in this context?

    My feeling is he is WRONG! Its is the possessive adjective of it and it's is it is , shortened.
    Thanks

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    Re: Use of "it's" in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by bebeC View Post
    I learned something new in school today; apparently, there is a plural possessive form of the word 'it'?

    My teacher tells us the following sentence is grammatically correct.

    "The transport company provides it's customers with safe and reliable service."

    He says that because "company" is plural (representing a group of people), we should use "it's" instead of "its."

    I've always thought that I knew when to accurately use "its" (possessive) and "it's" (it has/is), but this one has left me horribly confused. Is the teacher correct?

    Thanks!
    No, your teacher is wrong.

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