It's vs. Its

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).

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Meaning Abbreviated form of "it is" "Its" is the possessive form of "it". So "its" means "belonging to it"

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Comments: It's vs Its

Anonymous comments (1)

July 10, 2008, 12:26pm

"It's" is a contraction, where apostrophe's the norm.
Lo, it's not to be taken for a possessive form
of the pronoun "it"---now gather your wits:
its possessive form is unapostrophized "its".

-- Michael E. Skinner

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