"it's" = "it is" or "it has"

About five years ago, my good friend, then boss, and English major Michael Yoon taught me this very simple rule: “It’s = it is” or “it has”. If you do not intend to say “it is” or “it has”, you’ll want to say “its”. Since finally learning this simple and hard rule, my eyes have been hurting every time I’ve seen this mistake made. (The final straw)

[dk] Krom

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shep mckee

Here's a rule of thumb to help remeber the distinction, there's no apostrophe in possession, eg: his, hers, ours, its...
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Except here's what the oxford dictionary in Tiger has to say about it: <blockquote><i>The apostrophe in it’s never denotes a possessive. The confusion is at least partly understandable since other possessive forms (singular nouns) do take an apostrophe + s, as in | the girl's bike or | the president's smile.</i></blockquote>
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shep mckee

I stand corrected... <b>;)</b><br><br>Here's a rule of thumb to help remember the distinction, there's no apostrophe in <i>possessive pronouns</i>, eg: ours, yours, his, hers, its, theirs
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Michael Hinds

<p> If this is the sort of thing that gets your goat, you should see <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1592400876/qid=1120643799/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_ur_1/002-0897944-5346432?v=glance&s=books&n=507846">Eats, Shoots & Leaves</a>. </p> <p> <i><a href="mailto:michaelhinds@michaelhinds.com">Michael Hinds</a></i> </p>
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russell muetzelfeldt

see also - Bob the Angry Flower's <a href="http://www.angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif">Quick Guide to the Apostrophe, You Idiots</a>
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