I’ve come to understand lately that a lot of people use “it’s” when they mean “its”, and they also unknowingly use “its” when they obviously wanted to use “it’s” in a sentence. We want to show you exactly how to differentiate between “its” and “it’s”. In addition to that, I will also show you how to use them so that you don’t get confused again as to which to use at any point in time. Without wasting much time, these are the differences between its and its –
It’s. It’s is a contraction or a shorten form of “it is” or “it has”.
So anywhere you see “it’s”, you should automatically know that it means it is or occasionally it has, depending on how the sentence is put into play.
It’s or it is:
- It is a good thing you are here to celebrate with us.
- It’s a good thing you are here to celebrate with us.
- When it is time to go to the airport, do let me know.
- When it’s time to go to the airport, do let me know.
It’s or it has
Like I said before, “it’s” can also mean “it has”, but this aspect of grammar is used lightly and not too frequent if compared to the likes of “it is or it’s”.
A few examples below will give you an idea on how to use it properly-
- It has been raining since yesterday.
- It’s been raining since yesterday.
- It has been a long time.
- It’s been a long time.
Its. On the other hand, “its” is the possessive form of “it”.
It’s used to indicate that something belongs or relates to something.
- The bear lost some of its nails.
- That’s an interesting novel; what is its name?
- Where is its head office located?
- The park changed its policy.
I hope these simple examples that I’ve shown you has helped you understand the difference between “It’s and Its”.