Grammar Lesson #1

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"It’s" vs. "Its"


"It’s" is a contraction. Not a contraption, no; a contraction. That is, a shortening of a word, syllable, or word group via the omission of internal sounds or letters, and the inclusion of an apostrophe [‘].

Contractions are most commonly used to combine (contract) two or more words into one. Where the letters are dropped, you’ll find an apostrophe. E.g., “I am” becomes “I’m”. 

"It’s" simply represents the combination of it is or it has

  • It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s your failing English grade!” employs the “it is” contraction.
  • It’s been awful knowing you, good riddance,” uses “it has” as its contraction.

"Its" on the other hand, is a possessive pronoun. It is one word, and represents one word. It is used to indicate the possession by the noun which it replaces. 

Here “its” represents the possession of the English language:

  • "This English language is renowned for its proclivity to confuse.”