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It’s – not its

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English: Poker Chips

Don’t assume that the clever people who write and edit our illustrious broadsheets always get it right. Victoria Coren, the Guardian‘s poker expert (don’t ask), tells us:

I finished just outside the money in the High Roller event at the EPT. And its – at least partly – my own fault.

What she means is: It is at least partly my own fault.

Therefore, “it is” should be shortened to “it’s” (not “its”), with the apostrophe telling us that the second ‘i’ has been left out.

Find out more about ‘it’s’ and ‘its’

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Written by Wordwatch

12/11/2009 at 8:45 am

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