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Guess what? "It's" always means "It is" (except when it doesn't)


By DanQverymuch

51 days ago



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    #1 51 days ago

    Today's nitpick involves the possessive, "its."

    When you write about something belonging to a woman, you don't say "her's," right? Just "hers."

    When you write about something belonging to a man, you don't say "hi's," right? Just "his."

    The same goes for things belonging to another thing, no apostrophe. "Its."

    As such, "it's" can only mean one thing, "it is."*

    This one even trips up professional writers on occasion, so I'm not expecting miracles. But it seems simple enough to me. Just remember how dumb "hi's" looks and you're almost there!

    * before someone gets clever with an Addams Family reference, please recall that Cousin Itt's name was spelled with two t's!

    #2 51 days ago

    Hi’s — that would sound more appropriate for describing a group of people saying “hello”.

    #3 51 days ago

    This always gets posted over on Fark.com

    (Don't judge me)

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    #4 51 days ago

    Its true.

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    #5 51 days ago

    Who care about its, let's talk about tits

    #6 51 days ago

    It is what it’s.

    #7 51 days ago

    Not if it belongs to it, like it’s headlights when referring to a car.

    #9 51 days ago

    It’s it is ice cream for those of us in SF bay

    #10 51 days ago

    “It has” also = “it’s”

    #11 51 days ago
    Quoted from bane:

    “It has” also = “it’s”

    Sometimes. It's a weird case, doesn't always work. "It has two noses" is not the same as "It's two noses." It only works using the contracted "has" as an auxiliary verb followed by another verb, e.g. "It's smelled better."

    However, I agree that this means that "it's" doesn't always mean "it is." But what it NEVER means is "belonging to it."

    #12 51 days ago

    True, this is a dumb thing that people do, but honestly who cares? It's not like it makes stuff hard to read, you still get what people are saying. But yes, I know what you mean. People should learn to use punctuation correctly.

    #13 51 days ago

    Last week it was so hot out I had to peel my d off my b’s just to p
    (While I don’t like the b apostrophe s, how else would I write that?)

    #14 51 days ago

    Some things are better left unwritten?

    #15 51 days ago

    I had a girlfriend years ago who would apostrophize words ending in "nt", similar to don't, shouldn't, weren't, except the words were not contractions. She once sent me an email saying "I wan't to see you naked tonight".

    That night didn't go well.

    #16 51 days ago

    If you contract, you insert an apostrophe - is it really that hard to remember?!

    Not to mention possessive pronouns never include an apostrophe:

    Mine - Ours
    Yours - Yours
    His, Hers, Its - Theirs

    #17 51 days ago

    What really gets my goat is when someone has the nerve to spell thank you “DanQ.”

    #18 51 days ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    Sometimes. It's a weird case, doesn't always work. "It has two noses" is not the same as "It's two noses." It only works using the contracted "has" as an auxiliary verb followed by another verb, e.g. "It's smelled better."
    However, I agree that this means that "it's" doesn't always mean "it is." But what it NEVER means is "belonging to it."

    I did not state that “it has” can always be contracted to “it’s”.

    I also loathe the misuse of apostrophes.

    Perhaps your thread should be renamed.

    #19 51 days ago

    Where is crazylevi and his Clemson degree. He will set us straight.

    #20 51 days ago
    Quoted from jibmums:

    I had a girlfriend years ago who would apostrophize words ending in "nt", similar to don't, shouldn't, weren't, except the words were not contractions. She once sent me an email saying "I wan't to see you naked tonight".
    That night didn't go well.

    It might have went better if you had not corrected her.I’ve been married for awhile and I know to keep my mouth shut when I want some of that pussy!

    #21 51 days ago
    Quoted from bssbllr:

    Where is crazylevi and his Clemson degree. He will set us straight.

    Clemson? They apostrophize words like "Y'all".

    #22 51 days ago
    Quoted from bane:

    I did not state that “it has” can always be contracted to “it’s”.
    I also loathe the misuse of apostrophes.
    Perhaps your thread should be renamed.

    Well, you said they were equal, which certainly seems like it could be taken that way.

    I will tweak the title.

    #23 51 days ago

    Fair enough.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the point you are trying to make.

    Carry on.

    #24 51 days ago

    Apostrophes are used in 3 cases:
    1. To take the place of a letter in a contraction. is not = isn't, the apostrophe takes the place of the o we are leaving out. Included in this rule are constructions like the '70s. The apostrophe takes the place of the 19 we leave out, and we don't add an apostrophe before the s because this rule overrules rule #3.
    2. To show ownership in NOUNS! NOT pronouns. Possessive pronouns, as DanQ pointed out, are a different class of word. Jimmy's book, for Fuck's sake.
    3. To pluralize numbers and letters and such when they are used as words: I got all A's and B's, a movie filled with 11's. Without the apostrophes, you got all As and BS. LOL You would use this rule if you actually said 1970's, because you didn't already use your apostrophe to take the place of the 19, so it would follow this rule, not #1.

    EDIT: 12 years of Catholic school, an English degree, and 30 years of teaching English: I'll go toe to toe with anyone in a grammar throwdown.

    #25 51 days ago
    Quoted from RCA1:

    They apostrophize words like "Y'all"

    That would be rule #1, except the apostrophe is doing a twofer, covering for the o and the u in "you all."

    #26 51 days ago
    Quoted from bangerjay:

    Last week it was so hot out I had to peel my d off my b’s just to p
    (While I don’t like the b apostrophe s, how else would I write that?)

    Rule #3.

    #27 51 days ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    Sometimes. It's a weird case, doesn't always work. "It has two noses" is not the same as "It's two noses." It only works using the contracted "has" as an auxiliary verb followed by another verb, e.g. "It's smelled better."

    Money. Like "It's been good to see you."

    #28 50 days ago

    I guess Uncle Pinball's Podcast could do a grammar episode.
    D'oh! Is that SPAM? Will I get frozed again?

    #29 50 days ago
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    #30 50 days ago
    Quoted from romulusx:

    It might have went better if you had not corrected her.I’ve been married for awhile and I know to keep my mouth shut when I want some of that pussy!

    *might have gone better

    #31 50 days ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    * before someone gets clever with an Addams Family reference, please recall that Cousin Itt's name was spelled with two t's!

    Bigfoot doesn't bother with contractions. He uses "it is" exclusively.

    #32 50 days ago

    What about bobs and vegana?

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