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    Arrrgh! It's not that difficult...
    Ok, have to get this off my chest:

    http://www.grammarly.com/blog/2014/misused-apostrophes/

    Grammarly’s cut-throat competition to determine the most “maddening” writing error concluded on April 6, 2014 with MISUSED APOSTROPHES crowned as the undisputed Grammar Madness bracket champion.

    Tens of thousands of grammarians voted in 16 separate match-ups representing the most annoying errors in English writing.

    According to one voter in the final match-up between YOUR/YOU’RE and MISUSED APOSTROPHES: “[I]t seems like there is a whole new wave of people who believe that you NEED an apostrophe and an ‘s’ to make a word plural.”

    There’s no doubt that misused apostrophes are maddening to word enthusiasts across the globe. Institutions that have taken a stand on apostrophes continue to stoke the fire:

    The Domestic Names Committee of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names doesn’t like apostrophes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
    The Cambridge City Council proposed to abolish the use of apostrophes on street signs (The Telegraph).
    The Internet doesn’t include apostrophes as part of Web addresses (for example: McDonald’s is mcdonalds.com).
    Generally, an apostrophe is used to indicate possession – not plural – and to mark missing letters in contractions (for example: you are = you’re).

    The Oatmeal has an amazing visual primer on how to use an apostrophe.

    When in doubt, conventional wisdom tells us not to use an apostrophe in our writing. This may save us from any one of the following embarrassing – and very public – writing mistakes
    There, (not their or they're) I feel better now.

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    Thread moved to Schweb's Lounge. Not a Switcher Hangout topic.

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    Thats (deliberate to give you a lift) good and we all feel better with that stress gone!
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    That gets so frustrating, especially on Facebook. However, I don't correct because I don't need my family marching on my house carrying torches.
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    The one that always screws me up is possessive for "it". For some reason, I always want to use it's...

    Its color is red.
    It's color is red.

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    When I was writing for About This Particular Mac we were in the process of editing one of the articles in an issue. The author used the word "its" several times in an article. For some reason I had a brain freeze and tagged that as incorrect/awkward.

    I stayed stuck in that mode till the publisher pointed out the mistake I was making. I was trading the word as it's when the author had clearly written it correctly. needless to say I was mortally embarrassed.
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    Maybe Sly the Olde Englishe would be better and use "'Tis".
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Thread moved to Schweb's Lounge. Not a Switcher Hangout topic.
    See there! I was raging against the improper use of ' and didn't even know which forum I was posting in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ-linux View Post
    The one that always screws me up is possessive for "it". For some reason, I always want to use it's...

    Its color is red.
    It's color is red.
    The "trick" I sometimes use when I use contractions when writing…is to "undo" the contraction…then see how the sentence reads.

    Using the example above:

    - Its color is red.
    - It's color is red…becomes…"It is color is red."

    After the contraction is "undone" it makes things much clearer.

    Like I said. I use this "trick" quite a bit…which saves me from the occasional flub!

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    Exactly.

    It's is always a contraction, abbreviation, meaning 'it is'
    Its is what you use instead of his/hers for an indeterminate object

    Apostrophes are used to abbreviate - 'what's that?' (what is that?) OR show possession - Sue's cat/house/car/shoes; pigoo3's comment; Obama's healthcare project

    (Sorry, 40 years in journalism/PR)
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ-linux View Post
    The one that always screws me up is possessive for "it". For some reason, I always want to use it's...

    Its color is red.
    It's color is red.

    Life's funny sometimes.
    I am sure you meant to type "colour"

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    Well, the trickiest one is using 's for plurals. (that would be plural's) It is a very common error, and the one that prompted this thread.

    As far as the possessive of it, I've always assumed that it cannot have the ' because it is already spoken for by the contraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilf View Post
    I am sure you meant to type "colour"
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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Well, the trickiest one is using 's for plurals. (that would be plural's) It is a very common error, and the one that prompted this thread.
    Don't know about the US but in the UK this is known as the greengrocer's apostrophe because it is so common in shop labels: tomatoe's, avocado's, potatoe's etc.

    I have been known to get a pen out and correct them...
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    Tomato's, potato's surely. Still wrong but spelt correctly. Don't we have a great language!!!
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