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When breaking a car

I can understand that some confusion may occur with our continental members but could native English speakers please please learn the difference.

Breaking is what you do to a car at the end of it's life.

Braking is what you do when you want to slow down.




Of course it may just be down to smart phones etc using predictive text but do you have to stick with the suggested spelling?
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I can understand that some confusion may occur with our continental members but could native English speakers please please learn the difference.

Breaking is what you do to a car at the end of it's life.
I'm not continental, am actually a native speaker, but where I come from the only use of 'breaking' in relation to a car is the phrasal verb 'break into' - meaning to gain forcible entry with larcenous intent. What you're talking about would be termed 'wrecking' - As in, 'I'm about to start wrecking my knackered 156 - anyone interested in some parts?'

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I can understand that some confusion may occur with our continental members but could native English speakers please please learn the difference.

Breaking is what you do to a car at the end of it's life.

Braking is what you do when you want to slow down.




Of course it may just be down to smart phones etc using predictive text but do you have to stick with the suggested spelling?
Pedant(')s corner.
Its - the possesive of it, so to use your example the end of his / her / their life etc.
It's - contraction of it is.
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Ooh, pedantic escalation.
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Ooh, pedantic escalation.
That should be: "Ooh! Pedantic escalation!"
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That should be: "Ooh! Pedantic escalation!"
I'm imagining that being said by Kenneth Williams!
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Pedant(')s corner.
Its - the possesive of it, so to use your example the end of his / her / their life etc.
It's - contraction of it is.
I spent ages thinking about it and still got it wrong.

Really annoying. Apostrophes are the one grammatical thing I get most pedantic about hence my embarrassment.

The confusion of course is that an apostrophe usually indicates the possesive as in the greengrocer's carrots
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The confusion of course is that an apostrophe usually indicates the possesive as in the greengrocer's carrots
Which is more or less precisely why they're not used with the possessive 'its', since the apostrophe is needed with the contraction 'it's', along with the other contractions in English, eg, 'isn't', doesn't', 'could've' et al. (Though feel free to use 'could of' )
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