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Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by DefineByte - 2007-12-13
Last edited by preglow - 2007-12-13

FS#8316 - Various fixes to the use of "its" and "it's"

Substitutes the contraction “it’s” with “it is” where appropriate.

Corrects the misuse of “it’s” where the possesive “its” should be used.

   its.patch (11.4 KiB)
Closed by  preglow
2007-12-13 23:24
Reason for closing:  Accepted
Additional comments about closing:  

In which case I got the explanation I wanted :) Closing now, thanks!

I'm commiting this plus some small rewrites of my own, and I will close this task. But first I would love to hear if there is some rule of thumb for doing these it's → it is conversions. Most of them just sounded better to me when changed, but some of them puzzled me a bit. Could you shed some light on this?

"but some of them puzzled me a bit."
Don't say that, you're making me think I made a mistake. X)

its = possessive
it's = "it is" or "it has"

You should never use an apostrophe in "its" to denote possession.

Sure, I'm in the clear regarding the "it's → its" case, where using "it's" is just plain wrong, but I was primarily wondering about the "it's → it is" cases, where both are correct but one might sometimes be preferred for reasons unknown to me.

Oh, sorry. :)

You're right, sometimes one or the other does sound better but I don't think there's a particular reason for it. The use of either is fine but it's best not to use contractions in formal English (e.g. technical manuals) and consistency is always good.

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