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    Tammyx423 is offline Newbie
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    Dear Teacher:

    Hi, I just took the test "It's and Its", and I could not believe I only got 6 out of 10 correct. Shame on me. Would you please help me by explaining the differences?

    Thank you,
    Tammy

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    Default Re: It's and Its

    Hi Tammy!!
    its
    Its is a third person singular possessive determiner.
    You use its to indicate that something belongs or relates to a thing, place, or animal that has just been mentioned or whose identity is known. You can use its to indicate that something belongs or relates to a child or baby.
    examples
    The dog lifted its head, listening.
    I met one woman whose tiny baby had just died and whose other child was fighting for its life.
    it's
    1 It's is the usual spoken form of `it is'.
    example
    It's the best news I've heard in a long time.
    2 It's is the usual spoken form of `it has', especially when `has' is an auxiliary verb.
    examples
    It's been (has been) such a long time since I played.
    He's got (has got) the guts to do it.

    (c) HarperCollins Publishers.

    Hope I've helped!!!

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    Default Re: It's and Its

    Quote Originally Posted by Tammyx423 View Post
    Dear Teacher:


    Hi, I just took the test "It's and Its", and I could not believe I only got 6 out of 10 correct. Shame on me. Would you please help me by explaining the differences?

    Thank you,
    Tammy
    Just an addition to the previous post: "it's" can also be a contraction of "it has".

    It's been raining all day.

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