Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. Paulys's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Lithuanian
      • Home Country:
      • Lithuania
      • Current Location:
      • Lithuania

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 113
    #1

    When we use "Its" ?

    Hey,
    Please explain me when we use its.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,307
    #2

    Re: When we use "Its" ?

    "Its" is the possessive for the word "it."

    "I'm not sure about my car. Its brakes seem a little low."

    "It's" is a contraction for "it is."

    "It's common for people to confuse 'its' and 'it's.'"

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #3

    Re: When we use "Its" ?

    Try to think of its in the same group as his and hers. No apostrophes, and showing possession.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  3. Paulys's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Lithuanian
      • Home Country:
      • Lithuania
      • Current Location:
      • Lithuania

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 113
    #4

    Re: When we use "Its" ?

    It's - It is.
    Its - It has.

    Am I right?

  4. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #5

    Re: When we use "Its" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    It's - It is.
    Its - It has.

    Am I right?
    No. As Barb wrote, "Try to think of its in the same group as his and hers. No apostrophes, and showing possession."

    The boy ate his dinner. The dog ate its dinner.

    It's raining = It is raining.
    It's been raining. = It has been raining.

    And please form the questions in your thread titles correctly - "When do we use "its"?

  5. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #6

    Re: When we use "Its" ?

    You have to determine whether it means "it is" or "it has" from the context.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

Similar Threads

  1. Defining "Street," "Road," "Avenue," "Boulevard"
    By ahumphreys in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 31-Dec-2010, 08:14
  2. [Vocabulary] Difference between "health" and "wellness", "Diagnosis" and "Analysis"
    By tobysky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2010, 23:43
  3. [Vocabulary] How do you pronounce "Cotton", "Button", "Britain", "Manhattan"...
    By Williamyh in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-Dec-2009, 09:36
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2008, 08:27
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •