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It's vs. Its

Sapana Jain
22 Apr 1 0

It’s or Its 

'It’s' is a contraction of either “it is” or “it has.”

'Its' is the possessive form of “it”.  We use ‘its’ to mention that something belongs to someone. 

Use of It’s

  1. He took an arbitrary decision. It's harmed his business. (It has)
  2. It's been raining continually for two days. (It has)
  3. I think it's nice to have a pet. (It is)
  4. It’s my privilege to help you. (It is)
  5. It’s her best performance to date. (It is)

 Use of ‘Its’

  1. Adversity is like a venomous snake that wears a precious jewel in its head.
  2. Put the book in its place, please.
  3. I love this painting. There’s a harmony in its colours.
  4. A dog is known for its loyalty.
  5. I'm fascinated by Japan and its culture.


Directions: Fill the blank with either it’s or its.

  1. ____ usually very hot and humid in Mumbai.
  2. ____ high time you speak up!
  3. The dog wagged ____ tail.
  4. ____ a high paying job.
  5. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. ____ height is about 8489 metres.
  6. _____ my decision and I stand by it.
  7. Please check your essay for ____ tone.
  8. Jaipur is known for ____ palace, Hawa Mahal.
  9. The tigress protected _____cubs.
  10. _____ too early to decide.
  11. Her cell phone is old and _____ technology is outdated.
  12. The monkey and ____ tricks are popular.
  13. I think ____ not safe to wait here.
  14. ____ been a year since we last met.
  15. ____ his magnanimity that he helped his adversary.


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