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Its and It's ...

Post by Kangas on Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:15 am

How many times have you seen sentences using "its" where it be should "It's" and vice versa?

Well it is a very common error, however it is a very serious one too. Embarassed

Here's the explanation:

  • Its
    the possessive form of it (used as an attributive adjective): The book has lost its jacket. I'm sorry about its being so late.

  • It's
    contraction of
    It is or It has.

Explanation accoding to

Confusables note
A very common mistake is to write its (the possessive form of it ) when it's (the short form of it is or it has ) is required: It's [it is] unclear what he meant. It's [it has] been wonderful seeing you again. But do not use it's for it has when has is the main verb: It has a strong flavor; use it sparingly cannot be written as It's a strong flavor… An equally common mistake is to use it's for the possessive, probably because ordinary possessives of nouns are formed with an apostrophe: the dog's coat; Mary's cell phone. But the possessive its is a pronoun, not a noun, and, like other possessive pronouns ( his, hers, yours, and theirs ), is written without that particular bit of punctuation: I have to fix my bike. Its front wheel came off

We hope this has helped you chose the right term in the future.



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