One of the reasons I started this blog was to write about everything that can make us more successful and more money.
It’s been 9 days since I started this blog. During these 9 days I have written 22 articles and have learned that…
I have absolutely no idea what’s the difference between its and it’s
I am a bit ashamed to admit it but I really have no idea when to use “its” and when to use “it’s”. The good news is that thanks to WordPress’s spell check I now know that I truly had no idea.
I first discovered my inability a few days ago when I was writing a post about the fact that absolutely anyone can make money. After writing that post I have probably had to choose at least 10 times between its and it’s.
Now, you can think I’m stupid, but considering the fact that English is not my first language I think I’m doing pretty fine. My first language is Estonian and in addition to English I can also speak Russian and a bit of German. Being multilingual is a benefit you get from living in a small country.
All that aside I had just discovered that during most of my life I have probably misused the words its and it’s. Growing more and more unhappy I finally Googled when to use its and it’s. Although I was beginning to think that I’m not the smartest guy out there and in no way has someone written an article as basic as where to use its and where to use it’s, but to my delight I was mistaken.
According to Wikihow here is the secret:
When you can substitute “its” or “it’s” for “it is” or “it has” then the correct form is “it’s”
Example: It’s a great blog I’m reading right now
When you can substitute “its” or “it’s” with “his” or “her” and it makes sense, then you should use “its”
Example: A table is a lifeless object, but if it could read its favorite thing to read would be this blog.
Not knowing how to write proper English can cost you a lot of money!
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