Article »

its, it’s

This article is about its, it’s — enjoy your reading!

Note: The differences between its and it’s are discussed in depth in the Common Grammatical Mistakes Section of Click here for that discussion.

Misusing these two words ranks as one of the most frequent grammatical mistakes today. Smart writers know the huge differences between these two words.

The word its is the possessive form of the pronoun it.

The expression it’s is the contraction of “it is.”

Example: When the car first broke down, we wanted to replace its engine, but we soon learned that it’s almost impossible to find that model anymore.

Have a discussion about this article with the community:


Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:


"its, it’s." STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 24 Nov. 2017. <>.

Free Writing Tool:

Grammar Checker

Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!

Improve your writing now:

Download Grammar eBooks

It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.