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UK [ɪts] / US determiner
Summary:

Its is the possessive form of it.
Get it right: its:
People often confuse its and it's. The form its is the possessive form of "it":
Wrong: Television has it's own gods and heroes.
Right: Television has its own gods and heroes.
Wrong: Society should not punish it's criminals but rehabilitate them.
Right: Society should not punish its criminals but rehabilitate them. The form it's is the short form of "it is" or "it has":
Wrong: Its true that men are naturally stronger than women.
Right: It's true that men are naturally stronger than women.
Its is used in all types of text, but the short form it's is used mainly in speech and informal writing, not usually in formal writing:
It's too bad that you can't come with us.
1) belonging or relating to a thing, idea, place, animal etc when it has already been mentioned or when it is obvious which one you are referring to

The chair lay on its side.

We were eager to see Las Vegas and all its many attractions.

The bull had a ring through its nose.

2) belonging or relating to a baby or very young child when it has been mentioned or when it is obvious which one you are referring to

The child was calling for its mother.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • its — W1S1 [ıts] determiner [possessive form of it ] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: it] used to refer to something that belongs to or is connected with a thing, animal, baby etc that has already been mentioned ▪ Salzburg is famous for its beautiful… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • its — /Its/ determiner the possessive form of it: The baby had fallen out of its crib. | I must admit the plan does have its merits …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • its — its, it s Its is the possessive form of it (The cat licked its paws) and it s is a shortened form of it is (It s raining again) or occasionally it has (I don t know if it s come) …   Modern English usage

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  • its / it's —    Its is the possessive form of it, like hers, his, and theirs: The dog licked its foot after stepping in maple syrup.    It s is short for it is , a contraction of those two words: Well, I guess it s [it is] time to wash the dog again …   Confused words

  • its / it's —    Its is the possessive form of it, like hers, his, and theirs: The dog licked its foot after stepping in maple syrup.    It s is short for it is , a contraction of those two words: Well, I guess it s [it is] time to wash the dog again …   Confused words

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