National Grammar Day: March 4 (March Forth)
Yesterday was National Grammar Day: "Language is something to be celebrated, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it. It's not only a date, it's an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!"
To celebrate National Grammar Day, the Grammar Girl has prepared these Top Ten Grammar Myths.
In honor of National Grammar Day, here's my personal choice for the most abused grammar/spelling rule in the English language: the frequent misuse of "it's" (contraction for "it is") when it should be "its" (possessive).
Exhibit A: A Google search shows 72,600 results for the incorrect phrase "meet it's obligations."
Exhibit B: A Google search shows more than 9 million results for the incorrect phrase "at it's best."
What's so hard about such a simple rule and why do so many people get this wrong so frequently - I see it almost daily, and frequently in the comments on CD?
It's pretty basic: "It's" is always a contraction for "it is" and if you can't substitute "it is" for "it's" in a sentence, you know it's wrong, e.g. "the company couldn't meet it's obligation," and "boxing at it's best" are both wrong because you can't substitute "it is" in those sentences for "it's."