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.

You can download these lessons as fully navigable PDFs

Practical English Usage Lesson 17 it's and its

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