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If we are talking about the bowl of a cat are these sentences correct?
Is this its plate? Yes, it is its plate.
Is this its? Yes it is its.
Thanks in advance.
As 5jj says, it exists in theory - both the pronoun and the adjective. The pronoun is (almost) never used.
The adjective can be used when it's not stressed, or when you're not identifying something.
"Put the food on its plate." Good
"The plate is its." Terrible
"It is its plate." Awful.
"It is the cat's plate." Good
"Is this plate yours or the cat's? It's my plate. (It's mine)" Good
"Is this plate yours or the cat's? It's it's plate." Horrible.
If any native speaker does use its in this context, I'd be interested to know.
Thank YOU for your reply. It is very clear now. No further questions at this point.