Is it it’s or its?

π—œπ˜’π˜€ π—Άπ˜€ π—Όπ—»π—Ήπ˜† π—²π˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ π˜€π—΅π—Όπ—Ώπ˜ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π—Άπ˜ π—Άπ˜€.

I don’t mind admitting it took me far longer than it should have to learn this rule.

I don’t remember anyone ever saying it to me as bluntly as this.

‘It’ (apostrophe) ‘s’ is only ever short for ‘it is’.

And it confused me because it seems illogical.

πŸ… If I said: The tiger’s location was unknown — here, the possessive apostrophe is correct. The location of the tiger. The location belonging to the tiger. The tiger’s location.

But if I wanted to replace ‘the tiger’ with ‘it’, we drop the apostrophe. Just because. 

π—œπ˜’π˜€ π—Άπ˜€ π—Όπ—»π—Ήπ˜† π—²π˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ π˜€π—΅π—Όπ—Ώπ˜ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π—Άπ˜ π—Άπ˜€.

It’s location was unknown. ❌ (=It is location was unknown.)

Its location was unknown. βœ…

πŸ“± You have to watch your phone for this one as your predictive text will often assume you’re going for it’s. 

πŸ’‘ This rule applies to other words too.

‘Theirs’ βœ… means it belongs to them. (Not their’s. ❌) 

‘Hers’ βœ… means it belongs to her. (Not her’s. ❌) 

And, again, to hammer home the point:

‘Its’ βœ… means it belongs to it. (Not it’s. ❌) 

πŸ”Ž This issue cropped up in the gritty urban fantasy I’m editing this week.

An example of where to use its

πŸ–ŠοΈ “This bloke writes like a crab’s dipped it’s feet in ink.” ❌

πŸ¦€ “This bloke writes like a crab’s dipped its feet in ink.” βœ…

I love this image, especially now it’s punctuated correctly. 😁

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