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Some of you smart people still mangle the apostrophe S business:
It's vs Its
Only use it's if you can also substitute it is in the same place:
It's Howdy Doody Time! = It is Howdy Doody Time!
I think it's clear that the economy stinks. = I think it is clear that the economy stinks.
The party is its own worst enemy. ≠ The party is it is worst enemy.
The kitteh purred whilst licking its fur. ≠ The kitteh purred whilst licking it is fur.
's is not a plural
SECs is the plural of SEC. SEC's is the possessive. Refis is the plural of refi. Refi's is the possessive. I know refis may come off your internal tongue as ree-fiss, but refi's is still not the plural.
Plural: We really have two SECs. I rubber-stamped fourteen refis today.
Possessive: The SEC's biggest problem is transparency. The refi's main advantage is stability.
Also, there should be only one space between sentences. And if you separate phrases, don't use a hyphen. Hyphens are for joining words. Use the long em dash or augment the short en dash with spaces. If you write:
I am a farmer-related product research interests me.
I have to wonder which product you are. If you write:
I am a farmer—related product research interests me.
I am a farmer – related product research interests me.
You are less likely to be confused with a compost spreader. Oxy uses a double hyphen:
I am an economist--refi research interests me.
Which still looks too--connected to me.
Only DD can get away with whilst. Unless you're British or Canadian. Or it's in your haiku. And that should cover your vs you're.