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Adrian’s Easy Grammar Tips: Word Mix-ups – It’s v Its

Hello and Happy Easy Grammar Tips Wednesday!

Adrian J. Smith is a writer and editor who has a not-so-secret love of grammar. Adrian will be leading daily writing sprints this November for National Novel Writing Month. She’s always happy to provide useful ways to understand and remember some of those pesky grammar and writing rules that can trip us up.

Let’s bring on this week’s tip!

Grammar Wednesday: Word Mix-ups – It’s v Its

These get mixed up a lot so let’s break them down.

“It’s” is a contraction of “it is.”

“Its” is a possessive pronoun.

The easiest way to look at this one for correction is to try it out as “it is” and to look to see if “its” refers to something or someone.


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Adrian’s Bio:

Adrian J. Smith has been writing nearly her entire life but publishing since 2013. With a focus on women loving women fiction, AJ jumps genres from action-packed police procedurals to the seedier life of vampires and witches to sweet romances with a May-December twist. She loves writing and reading about women in the midst of the ordinariness of life. Two of her novels, For by Grace and Memoir in the Making, received honorable mentions with the Rainbow Awards.

AJ currently lives in Cheyenne, WY, although she moves often and has lived all over the United States. She loves to travel to different countries and places. She currently plays the roles of author, wife, and mother to two rambunctious toddlers, occasional handy-woman. Connect with her on Facebook or on Twitter.

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