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    ...It's measured...

    I came across this on the internet:

    "Crater Lake, a volcanic crater in southern Oregon, is the deepest lake in the United States. It's measured depth is 1932 feet (589 meters)."

    Wasn't it supposed to be "...Its measured depth is 1932 feet..."?

    http://geology.com/records/deepest-lake.shtml
    Geology.com - News and Information About Geology
    Deepest Lake in the United States
    Last edited by brenobrendan; 14th January 2013 at 7:08 AM.

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    Re: ...It's measured...

    Please name your source, brenobrendan. The internet's a very big place.

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    Re: ...It's measured...

    Yes, it should be "Its measured depth is..."

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    Re: ...It's measured...

    Yes, you're right, it should be 'its'. I think that slip is pretty common; it does not necessarily reflect miscomprehension because I do it myself sometimes in spite of my being aware of the semantic difference.

    Note that there's another instance of that error on the same page: Lake Baikal [...] is 5314 feet deep (1637 meters) and it's bottom is at 4215 feet (1285 meters) below sea level.

    (Cross-posted with JamesMag.)

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    Re: ...It's measured...

    I entirely agree with you, James, and EStjran.

    Thanks for the source, brenobrendan.

    Here's another loose handful of threads for the sake of comparison:

    it's [its] doors
    It's a body that bends to the will of its head.
    it's in its death throes
    It's only love doing its thing - mean
    it's OR its?
    it's/its - your/ you're
    its
    its
    its
    its
    its
    Its / It's
    Its + It's
    its and it's

    I haven't checked them all, but you can. And you and can always find a few more here: Forum thread titles for "its" - WordReference.com


    I'm closing this thread to avoid duplication.

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