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Late Night Grammar Nazism – IT’S not ITS

Home - by - December 25, 2012 - 01:59 America/New_York - 7 Comments



It’s is a contraction for it is or it has.



It’s = It is

  • “It’s my bedtime.”
  • “It’s time to go.”
  • “It’s only 11 o’clock.”
  • “It’s over there.”

It’s = It has (not possessive)

  • “It’s been a long time.”
  • “It’s been brewing awhile.”
  • “It’s got to happen soon.”

A Mnemonic Device:

It’s an apostrophe.



Its indicates possessive.

Or, put a more technical way, its is the possessive form of the neuter pronoun “it” — his, her, its.


Its possessive

  • “Every dog has its day.”
  • “The jury has reached its decision.”
  • “Stop its momentum!”
  • “Guess its color.”

A Good Rule of Thumb:

If you can replace it with his or her, there’s no apostrophe.

A Mnemonic Device:

The possessive dog had its tail removed.



Its’ is never correct. Ever.

h/t  Huckleberry


  1. Doc

    December 25th, 2012

    It’s KNOT?

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  2. Tim

    December 25th, 2012

    What the Hell brought this on?

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  3. Tim

    December 25th, 2012

    Well, irregardless of what brought this on, its just gonna have to go its’ way to get to it’s place for they’re is just not much there their.

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  4. Xavier

    December 25th, 2012

    For the record, I know when to use its and it’s.
    But my fingers do not.

    Actually, I think this would be an excellent weekly post along the lines of Claudia’s Critters. But what to call it?

    First column, needs to address, proper use of, commas please. Or maybe; those nasty semicolons.

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  5. LadyGun12

    December 25th, 2012

    I was NOT the one who wrote this, I swear!

    @Tim, you’re making me twitch.

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  6. Trixie Bluebell

    December 25th, 2012

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! That is one of my pet grammar peeves. Did I mention, THANK YOU?!

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  7. Thirtymagglock

    December 25th, 2012

    Their, they’re. there, boys and girls.

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