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    Grammar Problem

    The government's failing to keep its pledges will earn the distrust of all the other nations in the alliance.

    I don't understand why the sentence above uses "its" instead of "it's"

    Does "it's" only means "it is"?

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    Re: Grammar Problem

    Yes, this is an exception to the apostrophes for possession rule.

    its = belonging to or associated with it

    it's = it is


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