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01-04-2004, 10:10 AM
Its'.

Lobsang
01-04-2004, 10:16 AM
So, who won the bet that I'd be the first to post here. don't ask what on talk are you earthing about?

Mr. Blue Sky
01-04-2004, 10:17 AM
So don't ask is the old guy from Monty Python?

01-04-2004, 10:21 AM
Maybe I didn't explain it properly.

Its' can serve for both it's and its.

If its' is used for its then it's its consecutively without an apostrophe. In other words its i,t and s are uninterrupted.

If its' is used for it's then it's it's with the apostrophe misplaced. In other words its got all 4 elements of it's.

How can anyone complain about that?

Think of the Pit threads alone we'll save.

Its' is the word.

Lobsang
01-04-2004, 10:37 AM
Ah, I see. "Its" versus "It's"

Quote marks go a long long way in making meanings clear.

Chefguy
01-04-2004, 10:57 AM
Originally posted by Lobsang
Ah, I see. "Its" versus "It's"

Quote marks go a long long way in making meanings clear.

'Tis.

zephyrine
01-04-2004, 10:59 AM
I'm not sure its' going to catch on.

clayton_e
01-04-2004, 02:32 PM
' (http://www.angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif).

AHunter3
01-04-2004, 03:09 PM
What's wrong with it's for both words? Context should be sufficient to determine which word it is. We do just fine with "presents" as the spelling for both the word for "gifts" and the word for "makes a presentation of".

And aside from the silly exception introduced because of the "we need to be able to tell the difference" argument, they would both logically be spelled that way. "It is" rendered as a contraction and therefore needs an apostrophe. "Belonging to it" is a possessive and therefore also needs an apostrophe.

Its should be restricted to references to more than one "it".