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It's vs. Its

It's and its sound alike, but their meanings are quite different. It is not uncommon to confuse the two, but your English will confuse other people if you use the wrong one!

It's is a contraction for it is (or it has). As an example, "It's a beautiful day today!", or, "I think that it's time to go." This is a very common contraction to hear in spoken English.

Its is a possessive adjective. It modifies a noun by telling us to whom it belongs. For example, "The cat is washing its paw," or, "The company hired its first worker." Other possessive adjectives include my, your, his, her, our, and their.

The rule to remember is this: If you mean "It is" or "It has," use it's with an apostrophe ('). If not, don't use the apostrophe.

It's vs. Its Grammar Quiz

  1. time for lunch!

  2. My mom says time to go to bed.

  3. The store is closing doors at 5 o'clock.

  4. The bird is in cage.

  5. often sunny in California.

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It's vs. Its Lessons:


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Libyan Arab Jamahiriya


01:32 PM Nov 26 2015 |




It’s our dog.
The neighbor has paint its door…

02:05 PM Jan 16 2015 |



It’s important that listening to somebody’s advice.

The dog lost its food in the fight.

01:49 AM Jun 06 2014 |