Its English is OK.

Discussion in 'Foreign Languages' started by MattUK, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. MattUK

    MattUK New Member

    Here's one.

    Is the following sentence correct?

    It's surface is scratched.
     

  2. Wade8813

    Wade8813 Registered Member

    Depends on the context.
     
  3. PretzelCorps

    PretzelCorps Registered Member

    Its English is not OK....
     
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  4. MattUK

    MattUK New Member

    Wade, what other context is there? It couldn't be It is surface is scratched. Is there another I'm not seeing?

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    My point is, it's an exception to the rule, as PretzelCorps knows.

    It should read Its surface is scratched.
     
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  5. Wade8813

    Wade8813 Registered Member

    Cousin It, from the Adam's Family.

    "It's" is possessive.
     
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  6. MattUK

    MattUK New Member

    That's my point; it's an exception to the rule of including an apostrophe in the possessive context. Now if your name was "It" that could be a different matter! Like cousin It. :)
     
  7. MattUK

    MattUK New Member

    But you include it for inanimate objects in sentences like: The table's surface was scratched. Don't you? If the rule is inanimate objects can't have possessions, why include an apostrophe for cases like the example just mentioned? English is a funny language at times.
     
  8. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    I haven't heard of the rule that inanimate objects can't "possess" or have anything. For example, this thread has posts and it can be written as, "This thread's posts are (insert appropriate continuation)".
     
  9. Dav1t

    Dav1t Registered Member

    The possessive for of it is its. No apostrophe. There are only two forms of its and those are it's and its, never ever its'.

    It's is a contraction of it is or it has and its is possessive.

    So it's surface is scratched is wrong.

    Unless of course your name was It, but I don't think there are any people called It.
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2010

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