Nit: please don't user "it's" unless you can substitute "it is" without changing your inteded meaning.

Fuzzyman fuzzyman at
Wed Jan 18 13:19:37 CET 2006

Bengt Richter wrote:
> Typos happen to all of us, but in case you hadn't realized what "it's"
> is a contraction for ("it is"), now you do, and you can save yourself further
> embarrassment (assuming you care ;-).
> If your friends won't tell you, who will ;-)

Making grammatical errors in the subject of a post on gramamtical
errors must be embarrasing. ;-)

> Write the contraction "it's" only when you want its meaning
> to be "it is," otherwise it's wrong ;-)
> OTOH, how does one punctuate the posessive of a word per se?
> E.g., the first letter of "it" is "i", but can one write that
> as "it"'s first letter is "i," or it's first letter is "i" ? ;-)
> And how many "it"s (?) are there in the previous sentence?

Don't recall an answer to this one in "Eats, Shoots and Leaves".

The first one is clearer :

    "it"'s first letter is "i"

All the best,


> I wonder if "Eats Leaves and Shoots" (a book on punctuation) has something on that.
> (vs, "Eats, Leaves, and Shoots" -- panda vs gunslinger).
> Regards,
> Bengt Richter

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