Its vs. It’s

These two words are often confused by foreign learners of English.

Its is a possessive word like my or your.

  • Every country has its traditions.
  • Its colour was deep red.

It’s is the contracted form of it is or it has.

  • It’s raining again. (= It is raining again.)
  • It’s time we went home. (= It is time we went home.)
  • Have you seen my cell phone? It’s disappeared. (= It has disappeared.)
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Manjusha Nambiar

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