Its & It’s: Apostrophe mistakes are the #3 most common grammatical errors that drive your readers batty! #writinglegally

Posted on 07-01-2015 by
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Apostrophe mistakes are among the most common punctuation abuses. Whether you like it or not, most blog readers form negative opinions of blogs with lots of grammar and spelling mistakes. Sure we all make mistakes, but proofreading will catch them so you don’t drive everyone batty.

Apostrophes are used to show possession. However, you do not use an apostrophe after a possessive pronoun such as my, mine, our, ours, his, hers, its, their, or theirs. For example:


My mothers cabin is next to his' cabin.



My mother's cabin is next to his cabin.

 In the case of it's, the apostrophe is used to indicate a contraction for it is. For example:


Its a cold day in October.



It's a cold day in October.

Understanding some of the most common grammatical errors can help you improve your writing. When you know which errors to look for, it's easier to act as your own editor.

Follow me next week as I tackle the #3 most common writing error: Pronoun Errors.

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