Dear everyone: It can never be possessive of anything. Love, me.

Yes. If you write the word

it’s

it had better be a contraction of it is.

It cannot possess. You might say, “Its chew toy was a stinking mess.” Never would you say, “It’s chew toy was a stinking mess.”

Thank me later. First, go into your novels and do a ctrl-h and replace all the it’s with its, UNLESS it’s a contraction. Check each one. Universal copy and replace is going to make you sad.

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4 thoughts on “Dear everyone: It can never be possessive of anything. Love, me.

  1. Ah, yes, I hadn’t thought of that. Obviously. Because I didn’t mention it. I was clearly waiting for you to do so. I thought, “Laura would like to put an oar in and cover for my shortcomings on this one.” 😀 I’m thinking of other uses of it’s as it has – it’s been great, it’s been a fun time. Does it always go with “been”? I can’t think of any other circumstances where it is used like that.

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  2. Oh, ouch, the dangers of search and replace all. Back when I worked as a copy editor, I thought I’d set one up so it was completely foolproof. Then I unleashed it on the manuscript and it wreaked havoc. Mercifully, it wasn’t a book-length manuscript. Glad you advised people to check each one.

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