Tuesday, September 9, 2014
It's vs. Its
But there is a time when this is not the case, and it trips up a lot of authors until they memorize the rule.
That is the curious case of "its" vs. "it's."
"It's" is never, ever a possessive.
Take a look at this sentence: The dog licked it's bowl.
This is incorrect. The dog has a bowl, yes. But "it's" is not a possessive.
So, what is it, then?
"It's" is a contraction, just like "let's" and "wasn't" and "shouldn't." It's the joining together of the words "it" and "is."
Correct: Mandy's dog licked its bowl. It's such a cute little dog.
My next few blog posts will be about punctuation. As a line editor, I spent most of my time correcting punctuation, so I know it's an area that is helpful to address. So stay tuned for that. :)