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    Let’s learn the difference between its and it’s. These words have very similar forms but very different meanings, so it is important to know when to use each one.


    Its is the possessive form of it: my, your, his, her, its, etc. We use its before a noun to say that something belongs to a thing, place, animal, or baby.

    • The baby is playing with its toys.
    • London is famous for its red buses.


    It’s is a short form of two words: it is, or it has.

    • It’s Fred’s birthday today. (= It is)
    • Sam’s apartment is small. It’s got only one bedroom. (= It has)
    • Turn off the printer after it’s finished printing. (= It has)


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