Definition of its in English:

its

Syllabification: its

determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified: turn the camera on its side he chose the area for its atmosphere
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    • She drove across the grass area, hit the road sign and the car turned over on to its side.
    • You could serve it as a side dish, on its own with a salad, or as part of buffet spread.
    • The bow is separated from the main body of the wreck and rests on its starboard side.
  • 1.1Belonging to or associated with a child or animal of unspecified sex: a baby in its mother’s womb
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    • The ideal is for a lamb to have milk from its mother as soon as possible after birth.
    • Owner Jane Organ said it was tragic for the pup to be taken from its mother at such a young age.
    • She may be its mother but that does not give her the right to decide whether or not it lives or dies.

Usage

Its is the possessive form of it ( the dog licked its paw ), while it’s is the contraction of it is ( look, it’s a dog licking its paw ) or it has ( it’s been too long ). The apostrophe in it’s never denotes a possessive. The confusion is understandable, since other possessive forms (singular nouns) do take an apostrophe + s, as in the girl’s bike or the president’s smile .

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