Apostrophe help PLEASE and QUICK

(9 Posts)
MichaelFinnigan Sun 16-Feb-14 10:05:16

I'm writing about a chapel

'its ecclesiastical importance.....'

Apostrophe or not?

prism Sun 16-Feb-14 10:07:24

Not.

AHardDaysWrite Sun 16-Feb-14 10:07:29

As in "its ecclesiastical importance cannot be overstated" or something? No apostrophe as it's a possessive its.

NickNacks Sun 16-Feb-14 10:08:04

If it belongs ie his, hers, its then no.

If it is short for it is then yes.

Joycey29 Sun 16-Feb-14 10:08:29

Its is correct as you are talking about the object - as in his or her.

It's means it is.

Hope this helps! grin

MichaelFinnigan Sun 16-Feb-14 11:06:17

Thank you thank you

It's the possessive that confuses me

So the tenant was responsible for its repair

Still not possessive? So no ' ?

NaffOrf Sun 16-Feb-14 11:10:39

No apostrophe.

'Its' is a possessive pronoun, like 'His' or 'her'.

'It's' is short for 'it is' or 'it has'.

VeryStressedMum Sun 16-Feb-14 11:13:02

No apostrophe, IT'S is a contraction of IT IS. Say the sentence with it is..you'll then know if you need an apostrophe or not.

AHardDaysWrite Sun 16-Feb-14 11:48:24

I teach my students to ask if they could replace "its" with "his" or "her". If you could, it's a possessive its so doesn't need an apostrophe.

So: the dog chased its tail/the dog chased her tail: no apostrophe needed.

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