Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A public service from the gackt

i have been avoiding using 'it's' because i am unclear on how it should be properly used. i've just been using 'it is' instead and while it is proper grammar, it is a lazy way to go about it. With that, we begin today's lesson:

Here is the heart of it:

People confuse the two - it's and its - because normally an apostrophe indicates possession, as in Dave's or Jan's.

When used with the word 'it,' the apostrophe indicates a contraction, like in can't or won't.

Here is the test:
  • If the contraction of 'it is' can be replaced by 'it has' or 'it is' it's 'it's.'
  • Otherwise it's 'its.'


  • It has been a long time = It's been a long time.
  • It is my finger = It's my finger.
  • It is time to glue your mouth shut = It's time to glue your mouth shut.


  • That slave needs to lose some of its attitude.
  • The wagon has lost its wheels.
  • That car would look better with its doors attached.
Now i just need to learn to type with less than 20 errors per minute.

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