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What REALLY gets your goat when you're marking writing?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by k-jayne, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Ah this is new to me, and now i'm confused. i was always taught to write it's and have been told off for writing its. So when do you use it's and when do you use its. please could you clarify this.
     
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Use an apostrophe either to show omission (letter(s) missing or to show possession.
    So it ' (for missing letter(s) = it is -as you have been correctly taught. Its without an apostrophe would be incorrect.
     
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    It's is a contraction of two words: it is. Its is possessive, like whose and his and hers.

    Possessive its requires no apostrophe
     
  4. Ooooh! That REALLY bugs me... when they have to copy phrases from a book and still don't spell it correctly.
    My other pet hate is "I must of done it". Strangely, none of my foreign EFL students ever do that!
     

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