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29 August 2004 @ 06:28 pm
Grammar alert!  
Everyone always shoves these little lessons down people's throats, but I'm different and special for some reason since I'm making a little preface before I go and do it. Also, I've only seen this lesson being taught about 100 times, instead of 1000 like the "there" and "your" ones.

The topic for today is "its," which is much more accepted than the other two I mentioned. Let's go over the differences between "its" and "it's":

Its is possessive. If something belongs to something else, it is its thing. It is in its possession. No, there are no excuses to ever use apostrophes in this case. The reason this is often mistaken is because "Microsoft's lawsuit" or "dog's ball" or "Jeffrey's FREE IPOD!" is correct, but "it's thing" is not.

It's is a contraction of it is, ONLY. That is the ONLY time that "it's" should be used - when someone's saying "it's... Monty Python's Flying Circus," or "It's Walky," or "it's a really lame comic on Keenspot."

Do we have an understanding? It's so great that I'm helping the Internet; because of me, its overall intelligence will increase over time.

edits are hellof fun: This entry was meant for those that add apostrophes when they don't need to. I'm not talking about laziness; laziness iss aweomseone.
 
 
 
Alex Davisjoevual on August 29th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
it's pointleess to use proper grammer on the enternet...

Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on August 29th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
Just about as pointless as it is in "real life." At least, while you're spending your entire day just clicking on random shit online, you can learn a thing or two.
brandon johnsonpiratezim on August 29th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)
your brain cells' capacities for actual intelligence is surprisingly small.
INSERT INFORMATION HEREparadoxx181 on August 29th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
keep up the good work ^_^

(realizes that he is guilty of said crime) but i realize i'm doing it, its just that i am usually too lazy to put in the apostrophie.
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on August 29th, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
Nah, the real criminals are those that put in the apostrophe when they don't need to. They could have used that energy much more efficiently!
- paradoxx181 on August 29th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
INSERT INFORMATION HEREparadoxx181 on August 29th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
to be perfectly honest i think that the bigger problem is people who type in 1337 ALL THE TIME. or use stupid or pointless abbreviations (eg. "wut") have you ever read the AOL teen forums! *winces* they all uses horrible grammer, addreviations AND text colors that make my eyes bleed. a perfect trifecta of all the things wrong with writing on the internet.
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on August 29th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yes... fortunately (I think), we tend to distance ourselves from that. Just giving the elite crowds more reason to uphold their stature, or something stupid like that.
- soygirl on August 29th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- radpaolo on August 29th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- soygirl on August 29th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- paradoxx181 on August 30th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
INSERT INFORMATION HEREparadoxx181 on August 29th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
i like how we've turned your comments page into a slow version of AIM XD
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on August 29th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
Man, you should see the Something Awful forums. So many people are on there that it IS like chat... if not FASTER.
- paradoxx181 on August 29th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Stungunstungun_wol on August 29th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
Didn't you mean its' instead of its?
Hmm...But I dunno. I suck at grammar ^_^
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on August 29th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)
You learn something everyday.
Yes, you do suck. What? You said it first!

There's no such thing as its'. Never use it, ever.
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Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on August 29th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)
Please give me an example of "its'" ever being used.
- nrgspoon on August 30th, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ÇØ|\|®@Ðwhiterabbitcb on August 29th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
how did this get 14 comments already?

some people just dont feel like using apostrophes, i mean, if you rip on "its time to go" you have to go into "were all idiots," "thats so retarded," and a bunch more.
hellokaorihellokaori on August 29th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
As well one should. The English language may well be chaning, but it doesn't have to turn into some kind of "I Wish I were Black" forum for "Ghetto-fabulousness" (witness: "aight," "wutup," and, my personal favorite, "hella tite").
- hellokaori on August 29th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- paradoxx181 on August 29th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- jeffreyatw on August 29th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Same story, different iteration.soygirl on August 29th, 2004 09:30 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling this was spurred by my using "it's" incorrectly twice in my last post.

I think it's because I haven't been typing much of teh english lately, but I'm gonna go through my journal and see if I'm right or wrong ^_~
Same story, different iteration.soygirl on August 29th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
Also, an addendum: "it's" can also be a contraction of "it has," as in "It has been a good day."
- oneirist on August 29th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- soygirl on August 29th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- oneirist on August 30th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- jeffreyatw on August 30th, 2004 01:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
haley: chow meinhome_grownhalo on August 29th, 2004 09:31 pm (UTC)
i believe there's a song about this very subject.
http://homestarrunner.com/sbemail89.html
Sumezsumez on August 30th, 2004 12:16 am (UTC)
Marry me
Jeffrey Carl Faden: :Djeffreyatw on August 30th, 2004 01:21 am (UTC)
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