It's vs. Its

It’s vs. Its

It’s is a contraction of “it is” or “it has.” The apostrophe indicates that part of a word has been removed. 

Its with no apostrophe is the possessive word, like “his” and “her,” for nouns without gender.

Its’ is not an accepted word.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary


Its – Possessive

  • The cat hissed when the dog stole its catnip.
  • The laptop was too large for its case.

It’s – Contraction of “it is” and “it has.”

  • It’s gone awry
  • Mom doesn’t think it’s a good idea.

1 thought on “It’s vs. Its”

  1. After all these years I learned something new in English.
    I knew most of the answer, but sorry to say I never knew it’s was also a contraction of “IT HAS.”


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