It’s “its”

Sometimes you have to look at the glass as half full. On this Web page, a group is correctly referred to as singular (it), instead of “they,” as often happens. On the other hand, the Web page misspells the possessive of “it” as “it’s.”

The Johnston County Chorale will present it’s annual Christmas HolidayFestival complete with a sixty voice choir and an one-hundred voicechildren’s choir all accompanied by a thirty three piece symphonyorchestra.Johnston Community College Auditorium

A rule worth repeating: Possessive pronouns are never formed with an apostrophe: My, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, our, ours, their, theirs, its, whose, etc.

By the way, today is National Punctuation Day. Celebrate with proper apostrophe use!

This article was originally posted by the Raleigh News & Observer, a subsidiary of The McClatchy Co.; is posted here to provide continuity; and is copyright © 2011 The News & Observer Publishing Company, which reserves the right to remove this post.