Every language must have these little mistakes that even native learners make. This paricular one used to trip me up more than any other. It was easy to remember to use an apostrophe
became the contraction it's
, because that follows the pattern for forming other contractions. However, when using it
, and needing to indicate possesion
, that breaks
standard possesive forming rules. I got so used to putting an 's
to indicate possession, that for the longest time I incorrectly added the apostrophe
when using its
as a gender neutral possesive pronoun.
What's strange is that this error rarely occurred in academic writing, and so there was never a teacher's red pen to correct my mistake.
t.erstwhile apostrophe abuser