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Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:57 pm

As the title says. English is not my mother tongue, and a quick online research did not really help me, as both variants seem to be used frequently.

So which one is correct? Thanks for your help!
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:00 pm

"It's " is a contraction of "it is", as opposed to "its" which is the possessive form of "it".

So the correct spelling would be "It's on its way".
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:02 pm

Quoting ZakHH (Thread starter):
So which one is correct?

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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:04 pm

I would think that it would always be it's as it is contracting the two words: "It Is". I can't think of a way for it to be proper to say the "its" are comming, because then you should be saying they are comming.
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:06 pm

Just to clarify JGPH1A's point, you would use "its" regardless of the subject. You could say, "The book is on its way." You don't use an apostrophe because it shows possession; the "way" belongs to the book, so to speak.
 
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:10 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 1):
So the correct spelling would be "It's on its way".

JGPH1A points out the correct spelling, but I can understand the confusion for foreigners: the possesive form always takes an apostrophe, yet "its way" doesn't, obviosuly to distinguish it from "it's", ie the contraction of "it is".

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 4):
You don't use an apostrophe because it shows possession; the "way" belongs to the book, so to speak

Yet "it" is a pronoun, so why can it not have the posessive "it's"?

Can some expert expand on this?

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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:12 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
Can some expert expand on this?

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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:13 pm

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 3):
I can't think of a way for it to be proper to say the "its" are comming, because then you should be saying they are comming.

Um... okaaay.  crazy 

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 4):
You don't use an apostrophe because it shows possession; the "way" belongs to the book, so to speak.

I'm not sure that helps since you could then say "I am awaiting the book's delivery", where the delivery belongs to the book. "Its" behaves differently, however.

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
the possesive form always takes an apostrophe, yet "its way" doesn't, obviosuly to distinguish it from "it's", ie the contraction of "it is". Can some expert expand on this?

Precisely and, no, I can't expand on that. It just is, OK?  Smile
 
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:17 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
JGPH1A points out the correct spelling, but I can understand the confusion for foreigners: the possesive form always takes an apostrophe, yet "its way" doesn't, obviosuly to distinguish it from "it's", ie the contraction of "it is". Can some expert expand on this?

Some info here

http://www.sharpwriter.com/aaacontent/apostrophe.htm

Note that other personal possessives do not have an apostrophe

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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:18 pm

Quoting Oly720man (Reply 8):
whos

I thought it was "whose", as in "an idea whose time has come". I could be wrong.
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:24 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 9):
Quoting Oly720man (Reply 8):
whos

I thought it was "whose", as in "an idea whose time has come". I could be wrong.

I'll go along with that.

Quoting Oly720man (Reply 8):
Note that other personal possessives do not have an apostrophe

True and a lot of people should note that neither do plurals!
 
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:24 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 9):
I thought it was "whose", as in "an idea whose time has come". I could be wrong

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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:12 pm

Okay, thanks everyone. Indeed, I used "its" all the time, but was confused to find a lot of sources that would use "it's" instead. Well, in Germany we call that "Deppenapostroph"...  Wink

Anyway, I should have written "on the way" - would have made things much easier... Big grin
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:45 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
Yet "it" is a pronoun, so why can it not have the posessive "it's"?

Can some expert expand on this?

I'm not an expert (heck, I'm not even a native English speaker), but from what I recall from my grammar courses...

Possessive nouns use an apostrophe; possessive pronouns do not.

Hope that helps...
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:55 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
Yet "it" is a pronoun, so why can it not have the posessive "it's"?

It's was already taken.

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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:14 am

Une fois n'est pas coutume the French JGPH1A explained it very well...probably because he is not from the Metropole  Wink
 
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:54 am

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 13):
I'm not an expert (heck, I'm not even a native English speaker), but from what I recall from my grammar courses...

Possessive nouns use an apostrophe; possessive pronouns do not.

Well your English is better than most of us native speakers Carmenlu -- I've noticed that before in your posts.

That grammar rule makes perfect sense, I can't remember it from school, but it explains the difference perfectly.
 
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RE: Is It "on It's Way" Or "on Its Way"?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:38 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 16):
That grammar rule makes perfect sense, I can't remember it from school, but it explains the difference perfectly.

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