Organization: it or its?


When offerering to an organization I have heard that it is better to use use it as singluar (instead of they). But I am confused over this sentence:

"In this paper, we focus on the initiative of United Nations, a non-profit organization that has been acknowledged for it great performance".

This sounds awkward to me, I would like to use its What are the rules? Any suggestions?


Posted 2017-11-26T22:42:33.633

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That sounds awkward to me, too. I think it’s most likely a typo. Where did you find this sentence? – J.R. – 2017-11-26T22:52:33.140

1This is not awkward. This is flat-out wrong. – Michael Rybkin – 2017-11-26T23:16:36.320

Thanks for the comments. This is in a paper that I am writing and I had it proof read a while ago, but when reading my proofs before publication I found this. – Gabriel – 2017-11-27T11:52:21.993



The sentence is incorrect; it's probably a typo as said by J.R.

It is a pronoun. We mostly use it to replace something previously stated in another sentence (objects, concepts, etc).

I'm going to the mall. The mall is probably going to be busy.

I'm going to the mall. It is probably going to be busy.

Its is the possessive. We use its when the it has something (similar to he, his and she, her).

I like going to the mall. The mall's parking lot is really big.

I like going to the mall. Its parking lot is really big.

Let's now look at your sentence. It mentions a great performance. Whose great performance? The United Nations'. The sentence should be changed:

"... for it great performance" → "... for its great performance"


Posted 2017-11-26T22:42:33.633

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Thank you Kman3 for your thorough and well explained answer – Gabriel – 2017-11-27T11:53:38.237