Grammar Bomb: It’s VS Its

It’s a difficult thing to ponder—unless you ponder its difficulty.



Its [THINK: yours (no apostrophe)]
It’s [THINK: what’s (apostrophe)]


Its is the possessive form of it…many possessive forms have an apostrophe…but the possessive its is a pronoun, and, like other possessive pronouns (hishersyours, and theirs), is written without that particular bit of punctuation…

It’s is a contraction of the words it and is, just as what’show’s, and she’s are contractions of what ishow is, and she is….”

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