Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bow before me, Grammar Nazis!

It has just come to my attention that the word 'its', when used as a possessive pronoun, isn't supposed to have an apostrophe. I'm not quite sure if any such grammatical transgressions have come to be on this blog but in case they have, let it be a lesson to all:

Sometimes, just sometimes, even I make mistakes.

And why do I choose to write about it merely hours before an effing internal?
Because I can.


Taylor said...

There's actually a simple way to remember that - always keep in mind that an apostrophe in a word primarily serves as a compensatory device. For instance, in the word "you're", the apostrophe makes up for the letter 'a' in "you are", which the former is a substitute for. Similarly, "it's" is always a shorter form for 'it is'; in this case, the letter 'i' is unceremoniously left out.

Just my two cents. :)

Akaash said...

That's (note appropriate use of apostrophe) not really the point I was making.

The misconception here is over the use of an apostrophe when the word 'it' is used as a possessive pronoun. Words such as "you're", "it's" are examples of contractions (which, technically, are grammatically incorrect). What had me confused was the fact that possessive pronouns, with the exception of a few, are supposed to be accompanied by apostrophes. I found it noteworthy because the word "its" is the most common possessive pronoun.

Akaash said...

We are such grammar sluts.