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Thread: "it's" vs "its"

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    Default "it's" vs "its"

    Which one is right?

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    Default Re: "it's" vs "its"

    Maybe they are greedier, but British dogs tend to eat and drink from bowls.

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    Default Re: "it's" vs "its"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Maybe they are greedier, but British dogs tend to eat and drink from bowls.
    I think it amounts to the same thing.

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    Default Re: "it's" vs "its"

    Hello there

    I think the answer is Its

    am I correct

    thought my level is an upper Intermediate, but i think my English is not pretty good at all & my grammar as well . So , could you please tell me the answer

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    Default Re: "it's" vs "its"

    The word "its" is a possessive. "It's" is a contraction.


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    Default Re: "it's" vs "its"

    "It's" is the contraction, "Its" is the possessive; my question is..."does the possessive need an apostrophe such as Its'?........I'm having a Gray moment!!!
    p.s.-I've been asked to proofread a book, I may need to re-think my decision to do so!
    B.
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    Default Re: "it's" vs "its"

    Personal pronouns that take the form of possessives do not take apostrophes.
    theirs
    hers
    his
    its
    ours
    No apostrophes!

    Of course, nouns (not pronouns!) do take an apostrophe when taking the possessive form.

    Simple, isn't it?


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    Thanks a ton!
    "The more you know, the more you know there's more to know."-
    This is begining to remind me what I don't know /(remember).
    Again, THANKS.
    B.

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    Default Re: "it's" vs "its"

    i think its is right.

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    Default Re: "it's" vs "its"

    Ron Bee,
    ...forgot the "ends in 's'" conundrum too.God, I must have been smart at some point!
    Thanks again,
    B.

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