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'carrying its shoulder.
BTW, should there be an apostrophe in the "it's" above?'
Let's work that out. "It's" is short for "it is". So does "carrying it is shoulder" make sense? No it doesn't. So there shouldn't be an apostrophe.
Alternative version: "its" is an impersonal pronoun equivalent to "his". Do you write "hi's"? No you don't so when you need a possessive pronoun you use "its".
My point re the apostrophe is that it is not "it" that it belongs to.
"The woman who's carrying its shoulder"
Here "it" refers to the bag.
But it is the shoulder of the woman.
Imagine if we were describing a boy carried on someone's shoulder, rather than a bag:
"The woman who's carrying his shoulder"
"The woman who's carrying him's shoulder"
Easy to say but hard to write in a way that is convincingly correct.
Bags don't have shoulders only long straps that go on the shoulders, short straps that are held in the hands or no straps that are clutched.
If you are referring to the person carrying the bag as an object then 'its shoulders' is correct although there are many who would suggest that a person is a special type of object in which case 'his/her shoulders' would be the preferred correct attribution.
More interesting is your subconcious gender stereotyping.
Grammar lesson time.
The pointy bits are the straps, with the top bit of strap hidden by the invisible woman who's carrying its shoulder.
it's is always a contraction of it is, or it has.
its is a possessive pronoun, its as in belonging to, you can normally swap out its for his, her, their and so on.
So in the case of the above sentence its is the correct form to use.
HOWEVER an apostrophe IS used for possessive nouns in other words. For example that is Sharon's book, that's the car's steering wheel.
We have them here in sillycon valley. I've often wondered if I could flummox them in some way. Backing up at a stoplight, or some such "creative" ways to blind the rotating beacon that just looks annoying (a laser pointer??).
This asks the question, when they are low on fuel (gas/petrol) do they unconditionally go to the nearest filling station and sit there waiting for the passenger to "fill-up"?
Please - not the misguided busway. Probably the biggest reason that the A14 is full of trucks bringing goods from Felixstowe instead of on a freight train. They were even planning to build a terminal for rail freight at RAF Alconbury next to the A1(M) - idiotic planning by Cambridgeshire County Council.
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