Tuesday, October 28, 2014

“Its” and “It’s”

Why do people confuse the two? “Its” is possessive, like “his” and “hers.”

The pen is his.

The book is hers.

The company went bankrupt. Its president has disappeared.

“It’s” is a contraction, meaning “It is”

It’s a problem.

It’s cold outside.

Here’s the best shorthand advice:

In formal writing, we do not use contractions. Therefore, you will not use “it’s” except when quoting dialogue. Otherwise, you will use “its.”



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