Wednesday, April 28, 2010

can't focus

I can't focus all of a sudden
although I need to get some work did
like it's* nobody's business.
Just thought you should know.
*can someone please explain how to use it's versus its?


Liza said...

You're welcome:

It's vs Its

These two English words are very often used incorrectly by native speakers. It's important that you understand the difference.


It's is a contraction of "it is" or "it has."

It's time to go.

Do you think it's ready?

I read your article - it's very good.

Do you know where my purse is? It's on the table.

It's been a long time.


Its is the possessive form of "it."

That's an interesting device - what is its purpose?

I saw Les Misérables during its initial run.

This stove has its own timer.

The bird lost some of its feathers.

Where is its head office?

The Bottom Line

The confusion between it's and its occurs because on virtually every other word 's indicates possession, so English speakers naturally want to use it's to mean "something belonging to it." But it's is only used when it's a contraction of it is or it has.

The ironclad rule - no exceptions - is that if you can replace the word with "it is" or "it has," use it's. Otherwise, it's always its.

DeNae said...

Liza, that was breathtaking. ;)

Uptown Girl said...

Liza- I will obey the rules from now on. But please know that it's making no sense to me.

DeNae- Liza has mad skills. If you want to measure up, you can take the following challenge: explain why I'm not supposed to end sentences in prepositions AND how I can avoid this tragic downfall. ....annnnnnnd GO!

The Artisann/Ann-tidote said...

me=same problem.

Bremberg said...

You girls make me so very proud!! :)