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Someone remind me...

One of you English major geeks (yes I'm an English major as well) remind me of the proper usage for the words "its" as opposed to "it's" and "yours" as opposed to "your's" I think I know and then I go to use them and can never remember the rule.

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ryl
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Its = possessive
It's = it is

yours = possessive
your's = ???
wander
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
your's=???

Maybe that's why the spell check keeps kicking it back on me.

heheheh

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wander
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
OK, how about your and you're?

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ryl
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
your = possessive of you
you're = you are

You have a violent spell check. Mine just underlines things in red.
wander
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Mine flashes at me. When I was doing my newspaper internship at the Mineral County Miner in Creede, CO in 87, we had this publisher who was a stickler for proper English usage. If you got something wrong in one of your articles he would post it in 2 foot high letters on a wall everyone could see and constantly call everyone's attention not only to the correct way to spell it but to also tell eveeryone which one of us got it wrong. How is that for negative reinforcement?

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ryl
Feb. 22nd, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...a thought for when I start teaching?
wander
Feb. 22nd, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's actually not a bad way to learn things. Of course we were adults and poor and were not going to sue someone for emotional distress. But it could work.

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wander
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Has anyone told you this icon looks somewhat like a nipple?

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ryl
Feb. 22nd, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Not until now. ;) Freydoon Rassouli has a lot of pictures that use that spiral technique.
wander
Feb. 22nd, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's just me. And then you have to go and use that icon.

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ryl
Feb. 22nd, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
I have a whole folder of them!
green_noise
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Same basic idea.... "you're" is short form for "you are"... "your" is possessive.

"You're not going to believe it."

"Your fly is open."
wander
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
OK, I think you solved all my spelling conundrums for a couple years. Thanks.

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green_noise
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
"your's" should never be used.

When you get confused about "it's" vs. "its", remember that "it's" is a contraction of "it is"... write it out as "it is", and if the sentence still makes sense, then it's the correct form.

I snuck an example into that last sentence. :)

Use "its" to convey ownership. e.g. "Its purpose is to hold the wall in place"

I'm not an English major so there's probably a much better way of explaining it, but that covers the basics, I think.
wander
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I have an English degree and a communication degree but admit to not having paid much attention the week of elementary school English that we discussed this. When I took College prep tests I would always look at sentences to see if they looked right or not and always scored pretty high without always knowing why something was wrong. Those words have always tripped me up a bit.

Thanks,

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progress
Feb. 22nd, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
yeah, you knew this was comin.
Its= denotes possessive: belonging to it.
it's= contraction of "it is" or "it has" (It's going to be bad, or it's always been bad.)

your= belonging to you
you're= you are

there= over yaw.
their= belongs to them
they're= they are.

Ex: They're taking their car over there.

wander
Feb. 23rd, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: yeah, you knew this was comin.
You know, the ther, their, they're's have never been a problem for me. Don't know why the other's were. Nice to see you comenting big guy.

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aditu
Feb. 23rd, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
Yes, what they all said. Just remember that the apostrophe is filling in for the missing letters, so it's=it is--> the aposrophe fills in for the space and the i, etc.

And "others were" rather than "other's were" (had to throw that in since I missed all the fun. ;)
wander
Feb. 23rd, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
hehehe. we all have one or two things we get hung up on.

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