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    #1

    Their and there / it's and its

    Which is correct?
    The foundation columns and their bases
    Or
    The foundation columns and there bases

    Also, does 'it's' always mean 'it is' or it's possessive?
    E.g.
    I've a dog, its name is Musker or
    I've a dog, it's name is Musker?

    Clarifications will greatly be appreciated. Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    Have you looked up the definitions of "their" and "there"?

    "It's" can be a contraction of both "It is" and "It has". It is never used for the possessive. That's always "Its".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    Quote Originally Posted by Jpking View Post

    Clarifications will greatly be appreciated. Thanks!
    Since you said "clarifications" plural, here's another:

    Possessive nouns always have apostrophes:

    - Jose's homework
    - Denmark's colleges

    Possessive PROnouns NEVER have apostrophes:

    - its (NOT it's!)
    - his
    - her
    - my
    - your (NOT you're!)
    - our
    - their (NOT they're!)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #4

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    Wow! Thanks a bunch for this poignant, yet helpful tip. I'll still appreciate it though, if you can answer on the usage of 'their and there.' And again, in what I've just said, can 'use' also be be used in place of 'usage?' Thanks.

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    #5

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    What part of the dictionary definitions of "there" and "their" do you find confusing?

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    #6

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    This was helpful! Thanks Charlie. Will appreciate it if you can enlighten me on the use of there and their Thanks.

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    #7

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    See post 5.

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    #8

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    Thanks. I've always thought their is the plural of there, but how wrong I was. However, am still confused a times. As in the example I stated earlier.
    Last edited by Jpking; 13-May-2016 at 20:34. Reason: Typo

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    #9

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    Telling us you are still confused does not help us to help you. Have you looked up there and their in a couple of dictionaries at www,onelook.com? If you have, what part of the definitions did you not understand?

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    #10

    Re: Their and there / it's and its

    Quote Originally Posted by Jpking View Post
    This was helpful! Thanks Charlie. Will appreciate it if you can enlighten me on the use of there and their Thanks.
    Look again at the list of possessive pronouns I gave you. You'll understand if you look there.
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