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What is the difference between it's and its?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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It's = contraction of "it is"

Its = possessive (indicating something that belongs to 'it').

This is a pretty big thing to mix up, but even many native English speakers do it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnReid8
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It's can also be a contraction of "it has", as in, "It's been fun".

Having looked at the other comments, I'm surprised that no other people have pointed this out.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/schmidzy
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It's is a contraction of it+is.

Its is a possessive adjective. You use it the same way you would use my, your, his, etc.

Examples:

It's raining outside. (It is raining outside.)

I have a dog. Its eyes are brown.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabzerbinatoEng
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In this case, its is a possessive adjective.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/schmidzy
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Thanks. Fixed it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabzerbinatoEng
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It's is a contraction with the words it and is. So you're basically saying that X is Y.
Examples:
"This is my car. It's(referring to your car) red." = "This is my car. It(the car) is red."
"It's a good idea!" = "It is a good idea"

Its is a possessive adjective. It has the same function as the words his, her, our, but when the owner is a "It" subject.
Examples:
"That is my chair. Its color is brown" = "That is my chair. The color of my chair is brown"
"The country is very cool. Its flag is red, white and blue." = "The country is very cool. The flag of the country is red, white and blue."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj
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"It's" is a contraction of "it is." "Its" is the possessive form of it. The reason why there is no apostrophe before the "s" is because of the existing contraction of "it is." If there was an apostrophe of possession, it would be confusing. If you have any other grammar questions, I am a native English speaker, at CEFR level C2, and am also a grammar nerd, so I am happy to help with any other queries you may have.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoColts6
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Lol. I'm a grammar nerd too. :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vytah
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It's the same difference as between he's and his. Or she's and her(s).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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The simple way to figure out which one you need to write, is to see if you can say the sentence with "it is" ... if "it is" works, then write it's, if not write its.

So you can say, "It is friday" ... so use it's "It's Friday" But you can't say "The cat likes it is food" so use its "The cat likes its food"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi
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it's is a contraction for "it is"

its is a possessive pronoun: my, your, his, her, its, our...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabzerbinatoEng
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The possessive pronouns are mine, yours, his, hers, ours, its and theirs. When people mix up "it's" and "its", they are mixing the contraction with the possessive adjective (my, your, his, her, our, its and their).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zaqsert
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Its, my, your, etc. are commonly called possessive pronouns even though they function as adjectives.

2 years ago
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