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New Its? It's stupid!
If you see the sentence, "It's its." written down, it's unambiguous which its is it's.

If you hear its, which its is its? It's much harder to tell!

Just another way that spoken and written English differ.

Cheers,
Ben
I have come to believe that idealism without discipline is a quick road to disaster, while discipline without idealism is pointless. -- Aaron Ward (my brother)
New Not that hard to tell
"It's its" is quite unambiguous as to its meaning, while "Its it's", being "Its it is" is simply nonsensical.
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New It's ambiguous
"It's its?"
"It's it's!"

Cheers,
Ben
I have come to believe that idealism without discipline is a quick road to disaster, while discipline without idealism is pointless. -- Aaron Ward (my brother)
New Ahh, YAN argument for Victor Borge's Audible Punctuation :-)

     Dave Winer thinks Microsoft is in the right about its XML. - (static) - (40)
         Dave Winer is pretty much a numbskull anyway. - (CRConrad)
         He's surprised? - (Andrew Grygus)
         You get the Bob Award for the day. - (Yendor) - (24)
             We need a weecode for this. -NT - (pwhysall) - (4)
                 No, we REALLY don't - (hnick) - (3)
                     Hear, Hear! -NT - (imric)
                     How about us polite pedants? -NT - (drewk) - (1)
                         Well, if you're polite enough, you won't need it... :) -NT - (hnick)
             It's a special case - (ChrisR) - (17)
                 Except that the possessive of "it" is "its" not "it's" - (drewk) - (5)
                     Not quite the right reason - (jake123) - (4)
                         Its? It's stupid! - (ben_tilly) - (3)
                             Not that hard to tell - (jake123) - (1)
                                 It's ambiguous - (ben_tilly)
                             Ahh, YAN argument for Victor Borge's Audible Punctuation :-) -NT - (Ashton)
                 Fascinating, how so many native speakers of English... - (CRConrad) - (9)
                     Hey.. it's like this-yere - (Ashton)
                     its is a polit way to write "grunt" -NT - (boxley)
                     I's will do it at each and every possible opportunity now.. - (hnick) - (6)
                         (I think we found Hugh's button.) - (Another Scott) - (1)
                             MWHAAHAAAA!! -NT - (hnick)
                         "Pisces", perhaps? HTH! - (CRConrad) - (1)
                             ...as in "off"? - (pwhysall)
                         Halleluiah! - (imqwerky)
                         Yabut.. the scary part is - - (Ashton)
                 Ooops! CRC gets all medieval on yer ass! -NT - (jb4)
             D'oh. Fixed. - (static)
         Microsoft XML Sample - (tuberculosis) - (12)
             That's what the OpenDocument guys are complaining about. -NT - (static)
             Re: Microsoft XML Sample - (altmann) - (10)
                 That "link" doesn't work - (drewk) - (9)
                     Well, duuuh. - (folkert) - (6)
                         Point was ... - (drewk) - (5)
                             Sorry, that's proprietary. -NT - (Andrew Grygus) - (1)
                                 ICLRPD: Sorry, that's proprietary. (new thread) - (Steve Lowe)
                             That is on a knead to know baseless. - (folkert) - (2)
                                 knead this - (altmann) - (1)
                                     I would love to download those references... - (folkert)
                     It's a URI. It doesn't have to. -NT - (altmann) - (1)
                         But, how are - (folkert)

And, of course, steaming poo...
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