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  1. #1
    Allison
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    It's...

    Alright, here's a grammar question. If you have a sentence such as:
    'The dragon lifted it's head to the sky.'
    Is there any time that it's becomes its when you're writing?



  2. #2
    Elizabeth
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    Re: It's...

    It's only EVER means it is.

    In your sentence you need its.

  3. #3
    Roy Abrahams
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    Re: It's...

    Allison:

    The word "it's" is a contraction of "it is" and therefore would be incorrect in the sentence you provide as an example. The correct rendering of that sentence would be "The dragon lifted its head to the sky."

  4. #4
    Allison
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    Re: It's...

    But isn't when its is it's it means it is possessive?

  5. #5
    Elizabeth
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    Re: It's...

    NO. It's ONLY EVER MEANS IT IS.

    Its is the possessive, like his, hers, theirs, etc.

  6. #6
    Kaz
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    Re: It's...

    Hi Allison,
    Roy is right. I know it seems confusing when normally a possessive is given with an apostrophe, but its is the exception to the rule. It's means it is.
    Regards, Kaz

  7. #7
    Roy Abrahams
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    Re: It's...

    Allison.......irrespective of the clarity in our posts, it seems you cannot understand what is being said on this issue. So, once again, "it's" is a contraction of "it is," NOT an indicator of possessiveness.

  8. #8
    Allison
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    Re: It's...

    I know, I understand. But when you say the thing, like the dragon, you would say the dragon's head, wouldn't you? You wouldn't say the dragons head. So if you are talking about the same thing I thought you would do it with it's, that's all. Thanks for the help.

  9. #9
    Minnie Mouse
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    it's versus its

    Hi Allison,

    You're quite right that it would be "the dragon's head". But everyone here is absolutely right that "its head" is correct, not "it's head". Unfortunately, English is chockfull of exceptions to its grammar rules, and this is just one of them.

    "It's" only ever means "it is".

    Best regards,

    MM

  10. #10
    Elizabeth
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    Re: it's versus its

    It's less hard to remember if you think of its (possessive) being like his, hers, mine, yours, theirs, none of which have apostrophes either.

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