Hi folks, I am back.
No, I am not dead. No, I am not ill and unfortuntly I am not rich, spending
my time with a beautiful blond and young woman. I just was busy working a lot. But I’m glad to be here again.
Today I will talk about it’s vs. its. Do you know the difference? It is simple, but these two words are very often confused. A common mistake is when somebody uses “it’s” instead of “its”.
So here it is the golden rule:
It’s is a contraction for it is or it has.
Its is a possessive pronoun, just like my or your.
- It’s been good to know you. Contraction: it has
- It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Contraction: it is
- When you go abroad, it’s a good idea to take a guidebook with you.
(… it is a good idea…)
- Don’t worry, it’s been like this for a long time.
(… it has been like this…)
- Are you telling me that it’s my fault?
(… it is my fault?)
- The box was hidden in an attic during the war and it’s been there until today.
(… it has been there…)
- The car was badly damaged but its driver escaped unhurt.
- The dog went back to its house.
- The house and its garden are a popular tourist attraction.
- The dodo bird is known for its inability to fly. Possessive pronoun: its inability = the dodo bird’s inability
Well my friends, I hope that you got the idea of it’s and its.