...It's measured...

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  1. brenobrendan Senior Member

    Portuguese - Brazil
    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..."?

    Geology.com - News and Information About Geology
    Deepest Lake in the United States
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2013
  2. Beryl from Northallerton Senior Member

    British English
    Please name your source, brenobrendan. The internet's a very big place.
  3. JamesMag Member

    British English
    Yes, it should be "Its measured depth is..."
  4. EStjarn

    EStjarn Senior Member

    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.)
  5. Beryl from Northallerton Senior Member

    British English
    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 / 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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