Its (without an apostrophe) is the possessive of the pronoun “it”. You will also come across “it’s” (with an apostrophe). This is a contraction of “it is” or “it has”. They are pronounced the same, but have different meanings. So how does this work out in practice?
- Its or it's: the difference
Is a determiner: A modifying word that determines the kind of reference a noun or noun group has, for example a, the, every.
A contraction: The process of shortening a word by combination or abbreviation.
- Its or it's: the definitions
- Belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified
- Belonging to or associated with a child or unspecified sex.
- Contraction of “It is” and “It has”
- Its or it's: the synonyms
Could also mean (synonyms): Owned, hers, his, theirs, yours
Does not have any synonyms
- Its or it's: in a sentence
- I loved the cutting of the dress but had issues with its colour.
- In the dead of the night, all we could hear was its footsteps.
- Bingo lost its footing and fell to the ground.
- The laptop is too big for its case.
- The movie is surprisingly better than its book.
- It’s so cold in Melbourne.
- Choose what you want but it’s all the same in my opinion.
- I hope it’s not too difficult for you.
- It’s been almost a week of waiting.
- It’s nice to know that my work is recognised.