Its or It’s?
Whether I’m reading or editing student work or adult work, one of the most common errors is the improper use of its. When teaching possessive, teachers usually say, “To make it possessive, add an apostrophe.” That’s true if you want to say Susie’s book or the dog’s bone. It’s also true if have a plural…
Lots of adults I know are as afraid of apostrophes as my students. They are constantly asking, “Does the apostrophe go before the ‘s’ on this one?” Some give up and never write possessively about any noun ending in s. That is hard if your main character is Chris. You’d have to make him own…