ACT English 5.2 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 5, Problem 2. Which form of "it" works best in this sentence?
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“A spider has up to eight eyes, eight legs and seven silk-producing glands in its abdomen.”
Eight, eight, and...seven? A little random, Mother Nature.
The underlined word is a possessive pronoun that tells us these abdomens belong to spiders.
It’s up to us to comb through the answer choices to make sure we have the possessive
form of the pronoun “it.”
Option (B) is incorrect because “it’s” with an “apostrophe s” is a contraction,
like it is, not a possessive pronoun.
Reminder: contractions are a shortened form of a word or group of words in which the missing
letters are usually marked by an apostrophe.
In this contraction, the apostrophe stands for the “i” in “is”...
Which, for whatever reason, most people are too lazy to say in everyday conversation.
Answer (D) takes the time to say “is,” but it shouldn’t have bothered.
This sentence doesn’t need another verb floating around...
So (D) is off the list.
Choice (C) gives us plain old “it.” Wow, (C), it’s like you were barely even trying.
“It,” of course, is a simple singular pronoun and isn’t possessive at all.
This is probably nice for the significant other of It...
But this doesn’t help the sentence in question.
Turns out the original sentence was all right.
“Its” with no apostrophe is, in fact, the possessive form of the pronoun “it.”
We’re guessing Its significant other has a tougher time.