Grammar Tip: Is It It’s or Its Or Is It Confusing?

Its, It’s

  • its = possessive adjective (possessive form of the
    pronoun it): The crab had an unusual growth on its shell.
  • it’s = contraction for it is or it has (in a verb phrase): It’s still raining; it’s been raining for three days.
  • (Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.)

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