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  • I made an effort to remember the difference between its and it's while working on the Masons book, because I didn't want to look like a _total_ moron to the editor/copy editor/etc.

    I've never really been able to keep track of the difference before, and I'm sure I'll forget soon, but I think I did a pretty good job while actually writing the book.
    • Writing the Cookbook was English Bootcamp for me with Tom. I still remember the day when I finally got that vs which. It was like the day when I got contact lenses--that which had been blurry was now clear. (ho ho, I am so funny)


    • my 10th grade english teacher put its/it's in a context that I haven't forgotten since:

      showing the missing letter in the contraction is (apparently) more important than showing possession.
      • As a further mnemonic, "hers" and "his" aren't "her's" and "he's" (or "him's") either.

        The litmus test: mentally try the sentence with "it is" instead. If it works (it'll stick out like a sore thumb if it's wrong), you want "it's".