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    Grammar its or it's

    I am trying to explain to one of my teachers why we say its tail not it's tail. My explanation is not that clear, so can someone please help me out. Thanks

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    Re: Grammar its or it's

    not a teacher

    It's = It is (short form) e.g. It's raining - It is raining
    Its = Possessive pronoun The cat's tail - its tail
    Any English dictionary would have the explanation.

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    Re: Grammar its or it's

    Quote Originally Posted by Shosht View Post
    I am trying to explain to one of my teachers why we say its tail not it's tail. My explanation is not that clear, so can someone please help me out. Thanks
    Pronouns don't use apostrophes (except "one's"). 'It's' is always a contraction, but this has not always been the case.
    We don't say 'it's' and 'its' differently. It's only in writing that a difference exists.
    Dictionaries don't explain this. You could look up the etymology of personal pronouns for more information.

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    Re: Grammar its or it's

    It is explain in the dictioinary. Its | Define Its at Dictionary.com

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    Re: Grammar its or it's

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    It is explain in the dictioinary. Its | Define Its at Dictionary.com
    Yes, it's explained in that dictionary. It's not explained in most dictionaries.

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    Re: Grammar its or it's

    I believe you, Shosht, should use a full sentence.
    Just writing "its tail not it's tail" is not good in my opinion.

    I've touched the cat's tail.
    I've touched its (whose? -> the cat's) tail.

    You need more context if you want to explain such things; not just 2 words.

    Cheers!

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    it's = contraction form of (it is)
    its = possessive adjective and always followed by now

    1. It's getting dark = it is
    2. The chair's hand is broken = its hand

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    Re: Grammar its or it's

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammadhelmi View Post
    its = possessive adjective and always followed by now
    I wonder what this means.
    In case anyone is in doubt, there is no necessity for 'its' to be followed by 'now'. May he meant "a noun".

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