People often get confused when trying to decide whether to use its or it's.
It's is a contraction for "it is". Its is like "his", "hers" or "theirs" and can be loosely translated as "belonging to it". When trying to decide which to use, just remember this: it's is the same as "it is". Only use it's when you are trying to abbreviate it is. In all other cases, use its (without the apostrophe).
|Meaning||Abbreviated form of "it is"||"Its" is the possessive form of "it". So "its" means "belonging to it"|
edit Examples of Its vs It's
- It's a shame that the civilized world still faces the problems of starvation and war.
- The United States is proud of its strong tradition of freedom of speech.
- This computer learns from its mistakes and becomes better at playing chess.
- He soon realized it's in his interest to plead guilty.
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