This one gets my vote.zoobyshoe said:"...or an innocent bottle of champagne killed by careless prolonged exposure to a carbon dioxide-sucking ambient atmosphere."
If it'll make you feel any better, I'll tease you for the rest of your life. I don't want to, though, because I know what kind of night-life you lead and consider it amazing that you can post at all. :tongue:icvotria said:You're all so nice! I'd've teased me about all the definitelys till kingdom come.
This is something of an unregulated situation. Usually for something like that, just for the sake of clarity, I use "definitely"'s or definitely's. The apostrophe is used to separate the original quote from the pluralizer. It's optional for use in numbers. ie: "4s" and "4's" are both technically correct.icvotria said:Edit: Definitelies? Definitely's? I don't know anything anymore.... :tongue2:
This is such a complex way to do it, though. It's easier just to ask if what you're expressing is a possessive, or a contraction of "it is".honestrosewater said:If there is any confusion, its usually doesn't act as a pronoun (in fact, I can't think of any time it acts as a pronoun); Its usually (always?) acts as a determiner, and a determiner always comes before and modifies a noun. Some words that act as determiners: the, a, this, two, and some. The distinction is important because pronouns function much like nouns while determiners do not (they function more like adjectives).
I enjoyed this attempt to settle the matter:Gale17 said:i just wanted to thank you guys for those first few posts about its vs it's... really made me laugh... "it's its... no its it's... no its its... nuh it's it's!" hehe... wow i'm amused...
Knavish said:"Its" is the possessive. Stop this debate.
Yeah, the contraction is probably easiest. But I thought the problem was that the possessive case is usually formed by adding 's, making the contraction idea confusing. So I was suggesting basically the same thing; Instead of focusing on what the word looks like, look at how the word behaves in the sentence. Meh, I thought another option might be helpful.zoobyshoe said:This is such a complex way to do it, though. It's easier just to ask if what you're expressing is a possessive, or a contraction of "it is".