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it’s or its

Question: When do we use it’s, and when do we use its? When we mean it is or it has, we use it’s. (Contraction)

  • It’s a beautiful day. (It is)
  • It’s been raining all day. (It has)
  • Sometimes it’s hard to get up in the morning. (It is)

When we talk about something that belongs to it, we use its. (Possessive: Its challenge).

  • The documentary discusses Japan and its temples.
  • The computer is broken.  Its hard-drive does not work.
  • A new bank has been started in the community.  Its services include free checking and online banking.

Richard Carrigan

Richard Carrigan has been an educator for over 30 years. He has experience teaching professional and academic English. He earned his graduate degree from Shenandoah University.

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