Kirin knows its apostrophes

Sunday, 21 April, 2013

While its and it’s are surely the most often confused words in English, the people at Kirin Brewery know how to use the apostrophe and there’s no fear that Kirin will be cited by the the Apostrophe Protection Society for abuse of punctuation. By the way, in Japanese, “kirin” can refer to giraffes or to Qilin, mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creatures. The brewery is named after the latter.


Note: it’s is a contraction of it is or it has. Examples:

“I think it’s going to rain tonight.”
It’s been a long time since I last saw Kim.”

Note: its is a possessive pronoun. Its modifies a noun and is used to show ownership. Examples:

“The cat carried its kitten in its mouth.”
“Nothing could take its place.”

Note: In grammar speak, the apostrophe shows the possessive of nouns and you should add an apostrophe s to the end of a singular noun that does not end in s. Example: “Japan’s prime beer.”

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