The fact that one takes an apostrophe, when his/hers/its doesn’t, has intrigued me for some time. Now I know and the reason is this
That’s the farthest I’m going to go on the inner workings of English grammar. It just feels good to know — I won’t have to stop and hesitate anymore about that particular construction. It didn’t take me many seconds to google it up and I should have done it long time ago.
What really has me baffled, is how mean and rude people can become when they’re behind the anonymity of a computer screen! The other day, I did a similar search [spelling realize vs. realise]. The first result took me to some kind of grammar forum. There was an explanation of why you sometimes see ‘realise’. It answered my question, at least: “why does ‘realise’ get the red underscore by the spell-check in Google Chrome browser?” I have it set to UK English.
Underneath this explanation, the comments ensued. I started to read, and I got mesmerized! The discussion about this little letter — z versus s — got more and more heated! At times it was worse than what you see in YouTube! They were irate and used all kinds of ugly words … «You moron!!!», was just a milder one. We human beings are all unique and react in different ways on a given situation. I’m glad I don’t have to waste all that energy on getting angry at other people because of their opinion on some grammatical issue. There must be something that makes them tick … and I can only speculate on the underlying, psychological issues. Besides, no matter how hard you try, it’s not likely that you’ll swing them in their first opinion, especially not by calling them morons 🙂