“It’s” means “it is”, whereas “its” signifies ownership. The apostrophe only shows ownership when it’s used with any word that isn’t it. It’s confusing sometimes, but it should be taught to students from a young age, so it shouldn’t be a problem, should it?
I, for one, struggle greatly with getting it’s/its correctly, and I have been corrected for it many times by helpful commenters. Seriously, I mean it. I type these blog posts up so fast and only proofread them maybe once or twice, of course mistakes are going to get through. It’s inevitable. Posting a comment like “you spelled dysfunction wrong” isn’t going to hurt my feelings or anything.
Point out mistakes, I’ll correct them. Or ignore it and leave it in it’s original state for laughs (oh meta humor). And besides, let us be honest here, somebody who actually gets offended or hurt from having a spelling mistake pointed out to them likely has a whole host of issues beyond typing too fast sometimes.
In regards to it’s/its, well… I have an excuse as to why I make that mistake more often than anything else!
See, I was originally taught way back in grade school that “it’s” is only used to mean “it is”. “Its” being strictly for showing possession.
However, in grades four and five, I was taught that “it’s” shows possession AND means “it is”, the word “its” not appearing anywhere in the english language. Apparently.
In grade six I was taught the correct way again, but then the wrong way, then the right way, then the wrong way…
Nearly every other year I was taught the complete opposite of the year before. Basically every time I got a new english (or language arts, remember LA? good times) teacher, they would teach me the exact opposite of the teacher before me, complete with spelling the “right” and “wrong” way to do it on the board in huge letters.
This is the reason why I screw up it’s/its all the time. My brain thinks that both of those words are wrong and correct every time I use them, which as you might imagine is extremely frustrating and confusing (hint: it is). I have to double check it’s/its every time I use them, sometimes I used them correctly and then “fix” them to be wrong, sometimes they were wrong and stay wrong, sometimes they’re wrong and I make them right, and on rare occasions they were right and stay right.
In all of those cases, whenever I use it’s/its, I have to stop every time and double check, just to make sure. It gets rather tedious after a while, considering how often those two words come up, but you kinda just get used to it, you know?
Of course, this does mean I probably have the stupidest language disability in the history of everything.