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"it's" vs. "its" - so few know the difference!!

 
 
Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:17 pm
It would seem that most people don't know the difference between "its" and "it's."

it's - short for "it is" ("It's getting late.")
its - possessive of "it" ("The horse tossed its rippling mane.")

I'm amazed by how many people use "it's" when they mean "it's." I see it all over the internet-- even on professional sites. I suppose the apostrophe might be confusing, as it typically indicates the possessive.
 
mm25075
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:18 pm
Yeah, I have the same sort of peeve with

your and you're
AbbieMcKenley
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:24 pm
@alabhaois,
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I'm amazed by how many people use "it's" when they mean "it's"


That would be because "it's" is infact "it's"

But i see your point Smile

It's the same with Their, There and They're.
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alabhaois
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:25 pm
@mm25075,
YES!! In fact, there are dozens of things I could mention. A very common one
is getting the nominative mixed up with the objective, such as:

"She gave the basket to Jim and I."
"Him and Jenny crossed the bridge."

Also, there is no such word as "heighth."
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:39 pm
@alabhaois,
Sometimes, I even get tired of hearing about web sights, and I'm not talking about people who just sighted a spider web.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:41 pm
http://able2know.org/topic/21607-1
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:42 pm
Quote:
Tags: Grammar, Proper English, Grammar Nazi Thread


Clearly, expecting language to be used properly is unreasonable.
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:45 pm
@hawkeye10,
hawkeye10 wrote:

Quote:
Tags: Grammar, Proper English, Grammar Nazi Thread


Clearly, expecting language to be used properly is unreasonable.


For some people, appartently so. I have a sneaking suspicion who added that tag, but I ain't sayin'.
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:51 pm
@alabhaois,
I think it's more a lack of typing skill mixed with laziness then people not knowing the difference between the two.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 02:58 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Quote:
For some people, appartently so. I have a sneaking suspicion who added that tag, but I ain't sayin'


Once upon a time being educated enough to use language correctly was considered cause for a modicum of pride of accomplishment. That an American would be able to us English was at the lower end of expectations, being able to use at least three languages correctly was considered the worthy goal. Now being able to use English alone as a civilized person is considered to be overly conformist and a character flaw.

It is in microcosm what is wrong with America.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:00 pm
@Seed,
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I think it's more a lack of typing skill mixed with laziness then people not knowing the difference between the two.


I, having three kids at various stages of the education process in America, disagree.
fresco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:05 pm
Thetre's no such thing as "correct English", only "appropriate English". Those with "peeves" are merely arguing about stylistics which are the equivalent of "dress codes". This is not to say that I am not personally irritated by variations to my own adherence to "norms", but I recognise that irritation to be a social and political phenomenon rather than an intellectual one. We should bear in mind that language is a marker for group membership and the imposition of "a language" on a subject population has been used by militarily dominant groups. It is the history of that aspect which provides a covert sub-text for "peeves".
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:06 pm
@hawkeye10,
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education process in America


Says a lot, as a product of the same system.
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Seed
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:14 pm
@hawkeye10,
I totally agree. How many translations of ancient scripts have been ruined because of the wrong interpretation of a word? Or because a symbol was missing from the original writings?
fresco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:21 pm
@hawkeye10,
Your use of "bullshit" and "*******" might add weight to your comments in your social group. In mine they merely indicate ignorance. So congratulations ! You have unwittingly given a good example of "style degrading function".
fresco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:24 pm
@Seed,
Define "correct translation".
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:27 pm
@fresco,
while the words "bullshit" and "*******" are for the most part extraneous, the meaning of the words are well known, and I have used them correctly....so Bullshit on you again.
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Seed
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:28 pm
@fresco,
Umm, I think it pretty much defines its self.
ebrown p
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jan, 2010 03:29 pm
@hawkeye10,
Quote:
... use the ******* language of the collective.


LOL

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