Alex Crowe

Posts Tagged ‘something for nothing’

I saw this and thought of you

In Grammar etc., Great work by others on February 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

A friend of mine has this wonderful image in a frame at the top of her stairs.

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It’s by artist Corrina Rothwell, who I’ve never met but has a range of cards for sale here.

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Is it “it’s” or “its”? It’s “its”, isn’t it?

In Grammar etc. on January 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

When it comes to “its” or “it’s”, there’s a simple rule to remember: If you are trying to write “it is” or “it has”, use “it’s”. In all other cases, use “its”.

Even after an English degree, an English-teaching qualification and 18 years as a professional writer, I look twice at every “its” just to be sure. It’s not something to be embarrassed about. Or even admit in public.

(Much confusion over “its” and “it’s” comes from the apostrophe’s usual role to indicate possession – eg, “the cat’s food”. Just to be completely clear, “its” is the possessive form – eg, “the cat has its food”.)