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Re: Its/it's

Posted by ESC on January 12, 2001

In Reply to: English Origins posted by James Briggs on January 07, 2001

: For those who have not yet discovered it, the BBC have a 'Routes of English' site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/routesofenglish with many other linked sites.

That looks like a site that will be fun to explore. It needs an additional link -- to Phrase Finder.

Reading the text on the homepage of the Routes of English site brings up a question I've been meaning to ask. In the U.S., ITS means the possessive of IT. "The dog chews its bone." IT'S is the contraction of "IT IS." "It's a hot day." Are these usages reversed in British English?