It’s and Its

When do we use it’s and its?

These two words are often confused by native English speakers as well as second language learners. Learn the difference, and never make this common mistake again.

It’s is a contraction of it is or it has.

  • It’s a lovely, sunny day again.
  • Is the computer working? Yes, It’s been fixed.

Its is a possessive word.

  • Every painting had its own unique style.
  • The government and its policies are very unpopular.

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Practical English Usage Lesson 17 it's and its

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