Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Really? The difference between "its" and "it's" is so hard to decipher? Apparently for the writer of this article, it is.
This is the point where I remind you just how prone I am to typos of all kinds, and it's true: anyone can slip an apostrophe into most the inappropriate linguistic crevasse. Yet an increasingly large number of students and even professional journalists seem to make this error. I wish they'd stop.
I wonder about the most effective reminder to help folks avoid the its/it's dilemma. So far, the best I can discern is a simple reminder: "it's" always means "it is" or "it has" and any sentence with "it's" should be capable of being read that way. Otherwise, stick with "its."
Oh yeah. "Get over it. No one cares" won't work. Sorry. It's a passion of mine.