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#177957 - 07/04/08 03:21 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: David]
BranShea Offline
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It's it's its own hmh?..... Jackie? \:D

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#177964 - 07/04/08 07:02 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: BranShea]
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Its its, or it's its, or its it's? Sheeeeeeshe.
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#177965 - 07/04/08 07:03 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Enough already ! ! !
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#177974 - 07/04/08 10:43 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: LukeJavan8]
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If you wanted to talk about the problem jointly owned by its and it's would you use the word " ...its'... " Or perhaps it's itses? It's its' its and it's wot causes itses confusion.

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#204029 - 01/04/12 12:00 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: The Pook]
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I thought this (apostrophe) was in discussion recently and a quick search in archive gave many threads....this was not the one I was looking to add to....but it will do!

"EAGLE-eyed bargain hunters have rushed to social media sites to lampoon Myer for a grammar clanger in seven-storey-high banners erected across Australia."

Oh the shame!

link to picture

Myers recently reopened after the Christmas break, with a new campaign featuring the slogan, “Early bird get's the right size”.

As you notice... the apostrophe isn't necessary...as did lots of other punctuation enthusiasts across the country.

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#204034 - 01/04/12 12:25 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: Candy]
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I don't get' it.

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#204037 - 01/04/12 07:51 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: LukeJavan8]
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They left out the apostrophe in "MIS'S".

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#204058 - 01/05/12 05:46 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: Faldage]
Candy Offline
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oops...you got me Faldo...I went back and had another look at the poster and wondered how I overlooked that blush

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#204075 - 01/06/12 06:37 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: Candy]
Rhubarb Commando Offline
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Loc: Lancaster, UK
Candy, I really don't understand how you could miss it - it's so obvious! wink

More seriously, this highlights a problem that so many of my students had - and all my students were mature ones - average age about 50!
As a guide I would tell them that, if you could substitute "his" for "its" without losing the meaning (whatever it did to the accuracy) of the statement, then it was possesive and did not need an apostrophe. If you could equally use "it is" for "its" then it was a contraction and therefore did need one.
I, quite sensibly, didn't go into metalinguistics to examine the possible use of "its" as a plural form!
(E.g, How many "its" appear in the following sentence? "It doesn't matter if it hits it or misses it.") [ans = 4]
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