Its contraction and possessive video

It's and its: common mistake in written English

It’s and its are commonly used incorrectly in written English.

It’s is a contraction of it is and most commonly used in spoken and informal English and its is a possessive.

It’s examples

  • It’s really hot in here, can you open a window.
  • It’s too late to go out so I’ll stay in and watch a movie.
  • I can come tomorrow if it’s OK with you.

Its examples

  • I found this dog in the park but don’t know who its owner is.
  • You can’t judge a book by its cover.
  • The emu is a strange bird, its wings are too small and its body too large for it to fly.
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