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    apostrophe

    I thought its was a possesive noun
    And it's the apostrophe of It is.
    Can anyone clear that up for me,cus the apostrophe tests i have taken on this site say It's is the apostrophe of It has.

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    Re: apostrophe

    Welcome, moispicy.

    Its is a possessive pronoun.
    Ex: This is the dog's house. It's its house.

    It's has two possibilities:
    1) A contraction of it and is
    Ex: It is its house / It's its house.

    2) A contraction of it and has
    Ex: It has been a long time / It's been a long time.

    Note, with it's, look for a present participle; e.g., been. If you see one, you'll know that it's stands for it has, not it is.

    Does that help?

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