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Possessive pronoun - its

Unread postby Kifaru » Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:41 pm

Good afternoon

Can someone tell me how I explain to my boss that correct is "its" and not "it's"? She's a highly intelligent Prof and doesn't take correction lightly.

Many thanks
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Unread postby chiccaita » Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:25 pm

are you sure that you are talking about the same thing? it's impossible to mix up it's and its!they are throughly different.
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Unread postby Kifaru » Mon Nov 20, 2006 4:07 pm

Dear Enrica

I know that they are two different things but she doesn't and as proper nouns do take an apostrophe, e.g. Karin's posting, it is an obvious mistake.

Cheers
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power distance...

Unread postby eric_p_m » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:29 am

Dear Kifaru,

Culturally, you should maintain respect when talking to your professor. If he or she made a mistake, and you wish to correct him or her, utilize a high-context approach: during his or her office hours or by e-mail, ask your professor to clarify which way is correct for you since you had learned one thing, but the professor used a different way. You could ask him or her if that is a dialect of standard English.

Your professor will quickly realize that you are allowing him or her to save face and should thank you for pointing out the linguistic mishap. Later, you may find that your politeness may have been in fact rewarded. 8)


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/
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Unread postby mentarget » Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:18 pm

its is possesive.(used to represent an inanimate thing understood, previously mentioned, about to be mentioned, or present in the immediate context): It has whitewall tires and red upholstery.e.g You can't tell a book by its cover.

while it's is the contraction of it is.e.g it's started to rain.

just find a more friendly way to let her know that.
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