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What's up with "titled" and "entitled"?

Therefore, both of these are correct:

  • I found a book entitled The Great Gatsby.
  • I found a book titled The Great Gatsby.

On a side note, it’s important to remember that “entitled” also has a different meaning, which “titled” doesn’t share: “to give someone a legal right or just claim to do something”:

  • As human beings, we are entitled to basic rights and freedoms, regardless of gender, race, or religion.
  • This ticket entitles you to board this ship and take a voyage you’ll never forget.

Yo, Grammar: What's up with "its" and "it's"?

Its” vs. “it’s” is one of the most commonly confused topics in grammar.

The following sentences correctly use “its”:

  • A dog chased its tail for hours.
  • The car stopped when its engine exploded.
  • A cat licked its paw.

The following sentences correctly use “it’s”:

  • It’s (it has) been snowing a lot lately.
  • It’s (it is) the ugliest sweater I’ve ever seen.
  • It’s (it is) hard to stand on a frozen pond without falling.

All of the following tweets should have had “it’s” instead of “its”:

Although it’s easy to get “it’s” and “its” mixed up, I hope that many of you who have struggled with this concept will have a breakthrough moment in 2014.