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    Thumbs up Using Its

    Dear teacher:
    Most of the time I feel little confused using "its". Could you please, give some specifics examples.

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    FlorViteri

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    Re: Using Its

    Quote Originally Posted by FlorViteri View Post
    Dear teacher:
    Most of the time I feel little confused using "its". Could you please, give some specifics examples.

    Thanks,
    FlorViteri
    "its" is the possessive form of it.
    The dog is licking its paw.
    The team wants to win the game for its fans.

    it's is the contraction of it is.
    It's a long way from here to there.


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    Re: Using Its

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post

    it's is the contraction of it is. or it has
    It's a long way from here to there.
    It's been a long time.

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    Re: Using Its

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    It's been a long time.
    Yes, It's is also a contraction for It has, as in riverkid's sentence.


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    Re: Using Its

    [hat tip]

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    Re: Using Its

    Don't feel too bad about being confused. I believe it's the #1 error made by native speakers when it comes to grammar. Just today someone asked me to read something, and that was the error he had made.

    People get confused because you say "Tom's" to mean "belonging to Tom," so why not "it's" to mean "belonging to it" -- but don't think of it that way: Think of its like you would his or hers.

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