The English language is one of the most convoluted languages there is. We’re lucky we simply ABSORB most of the rules. I taught ESL for a number of years and learned the hard way that “That’s just the way it is” doesn’t help ANYONE!
But English doesn’t just trip up non-native speakers. Many native “Americans” struggle with the formalities, too.
So, here’s your 5 minute grammar lesson: Possessive Pronouns
Most possessive pronouns are easy:
Her car is blue.
His hat is big.
Their house is in the country.
The book is ours.
The rat is yours.
But, combine a possessive pronoun with a contraction and you’ve got a problem.
Which one is possessive: it’s or its?
ITS!!! is the winner. It’s is a contraction that always means “it is.” Pronouns NEVER get apostrophes to show possession. It’s contrary to logic, since nouns need apostrophes to show possession.
However, pronouns are the exception – never use an apostrophe to make a pronoun possessive.
Make sense? 🙂