by Janice Seagraves
Are you having problems with It’s, Its or Your, You’re well you not alone. A lot of people have problems with contractions.
Here’s a way to tell if you’re writing a word that is or isn’t a contraction, say it out loud. The one that I have the most problems with is your or you’re–So I say it out loud.
Example: Your going to the movies.
Say it out loud: You are going to the movies.
You are fits so you need you’re for this sentence.
Correct: You’re going to the movies.
If you can put you are in the sentence then you need you’re. If not then you need your, which is a possessive form.
Example: Here’s you’re coat.
Say it out loud: Here’s you are coat.
You are doesn’t fit.
However, in this sentence you need a possessive form, so you need your in this sentence.
Correct: Here’s your coat.
Another one I have problems with is It’s or Its.
Example: Its raining again.
Again say it out loud: It is raining again.
It is fits so I need a contraction in this sentence.
Correct: it’s raining again.
Its is a possessive of it, so if you talking about a thing belonging to another thing then you need a possessive.
The car has its own cover.
Say it out loud: The car has it is own cover.
It is doesn’t fit and you need a possessive here, so you need its.
Correct: The car has its own cover.