Here is a problematic word puzzler where one outlier does not follow the rule.
[QW5] “It’s” vs. “Its”
We often find an apostrophe demonstrating ownership:
The dog‘s bone
A company‘s logo
A Ferengi‘s tooth sharpener (If you’re not a Star Trek fan, never mind 🙂 )
We can shorten these to:
(Ferengis are humanoids, so I can’t call them an ‘it.’)
Um. What happened to the (ownership indicating) apostrophe?!
‘Its’ breaks the apostrophe rule when demonstrating ownership.
“How do I remember which is which?”
Here’s an easy way to remember which spelling to use.
Add an apostrophe when you could use ‘it is’ in your phrase.
“It’s challenging to find a tasty bone for a dog nowadays.”
“It is challenging to find a tasty bone for a dog nowadays.”
Do not use an apostrophe here:
“The dog loved its bone.”
“The dog loved it is bone” doesn’t work.
Oof! Quick Win 5 is a hard one!
We use the contraction “it’s” so often, it’s easy to forget about the other way these three small letters appear in our writing.
Feel free to leave a comment or email me if you need help with this ‘puzzler’: Kathie@KathieYork.com
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