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it's that old grammar nagging

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Patience Young (Patience.Young)
Mon, 15 Apr 96 12:00:29 PDT


Dear colleagues: Excuse me for being peevish, but in the spirit of
improving our collective capacity to communicate properly, and to
improve the impression that our writing leaves with the reader:

The possessive ITS, like the possessives *his* and *her*, HAS NO
APOSTROPHE.

The contraction IT'S, with an internal apostrophe, is an informal
version of the words IT IS. ("It's a nice day today.")

There is no such thing as ITS' with an apostrophe following the
word.

These are common errors; seeing the third example more than once in
recent artsednet messages prompts me to send this reminder. (It's
not such a big deal among friends; but do you want your principal to
notice that your usage is not up to standard form?)

-py

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