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Apostrophe help PLEASE and QUICK

8 replies

MichaelFinnigan · 16/02/2014 10:05

I'm writing about a chapel

'its ecclesiastical importance.....'

Apostrophe or not?

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prism · 16/02/2014 10:07


AHardDaysWrite · 16/02/2014 10:07

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

NickNacks · 16/02/2014 10:08

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

If it is short for it is then yes.

Joycey29 · 16/02/2014 10:08

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 · 16/02/2014 11:06

Thank you thank you

It's the possessive that confuses me

So the tenant was responsible for its repair

Still not possessive? So no ' ?

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NaffOrf · 16/02/2014 11:10

No apostrophe.

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

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

VeryStressedMum · 16/02/2014 11:13

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

AHardDaysWrite · 16/02/2014 11:48

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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