A Man of Letters
(and Punctuation, Too)
By Mr. Rick Moen
Could you set me straight on apostrophe's? I can't keep its and it's straight.
All those possessive's and contractions are confusing.
Sure, no problem: It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's
it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then, too, it's
hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's, either. It's ours, and likewise yours
and theirs. See, it's handy to have a publication that knows its it's from
its its, isn't it?
Reprinted from the December, 1995, edition of Blue Notes.