Daily Archives: June 25, 2008

Grammar Wednesday

I owe California Teacher Guy an apology.

CTG is one of the most ardent supporters of Grammar Wednesday (along with Kizz, who also sends me great material and ideas for this feature).  A few weeks ago, he sent me a great GW post, but in the hustle of the last weeks of school – both for my college and for my daughters – I forgot about the email and posted something else last week.

Here’s what I missed:

My Dear Mrs. Chili,

Today we had to take a defective reverse osmosis system back to the
store where we had purchased it. That’s when I noticed the printing on
the box–and thought immediately of you. Knowing when to use “its” or
“it’s” is something a lot of people still need help with. Perhaps
you’ll help them–again!

It occurs to me that this could also be a good candidate for The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks, as well.

Okay – once more;

ITS –  no apostrophe – is possessive.  In this case, “best” is a quality that belongs to drinking water, so we need a possessive pronoun; drinking water at its best.

IT’Swith the apostrophe – is a contraction that means it is or it hasIt’s best if you only drink water that has been properly treated.

Sorry, CTG.  Please don’t stop sending me stuff.


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