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This review is from: My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English (Hardcover)
I was reading the excerpt and was shocked to come across another common mistake in the use of its and it's (Number 6 in 'Grammar Rules'), even this book doesn't seem to know. How strange for a grammar book that's supposed to teach correct grammar!
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2010 17:50:39 GMT
Mr. N. P. House says:
The example you have identified occurs within 'Grammar Rules (to avoid)' - a tongue in cheek section following the main introduction but before the book proper. There are 9 other grammar rules (to avoid) in this section that don't seem to bother you so you may require this book more than you are aware.
Posted on 18 Jun 2011 11:29:38 BDT
D J Cox says:
You have no idea. To think that you can read 10 grammar rules, only spot one mistake despite the fact there is a mistake that illustrates the point in EVERY sentence, and then write a review for a book you've never read. There are several words in the English language for this sort of behaviour but most of them are not polite...
Posted on 15 Sep 2013 14:48:34 BDT
It's is the contraction for "it is" of course. Without the apostrophe "its" is a neuter pronoun. Here's an easy touchstone: "his car, her kitchen, its kennel".
As for apostrophes in general, the maxim ought to be: "if in doubt, leave it out". Better to appear careless than to demonstrate one's grammatical ignorance.
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