February 25th, 2008

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Answer: Homophones Redux: its/it's, your/you're

What are the differences between "its" and "it's"? Between "your" and "you're"? (with Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Harry Potter examples)

From the Oxford English Dictionary: homophone: noun each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling (e.g. new and knew). ORIGIN from Greek phone ‘sound, voice’.

There are many, many of these in the English language, and they're really easy to abuse.

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